An (unnamed) Guy is a Dublin guitarist/singer-songwriter who makes a living by fixing vacuum cleaners in his Dad's Hoover repair shop by day, and singing and playing for money on the Dublin streets by night. An (unnamed) Girl is a Czech who plays piano when she gets a chance, and does odd jobs by day and takes care of her mom and her daughter by night. Guy meets Girl, and they get to know each other as the Girl helps the Guy to put together a demo disc that he can take to London in hope of landing a music contract. During the same several day period, the Guy and the Girl work through their past loves, and reveal their budding love for one another, through their songs. Written by
When John Carney asked Glen Hansard to take on the lead, the singer was initially reluctant as he'd never done much in the way of acting, aside from one small supporting role in The Commitments (1991). He changed his mind when Carney assured him that the film would be low budget and very intimate. See more »
Walking through the trees (prior to the coastal shots) Girl reveals she is married. Guy asks, "Since when?" She replies,"Two years ago when I became pregnant with Ivanka." This would mean Ivanka would still be a baby (as she is credited) whereas she is clearly a year or so older. See more »
I too saw this film at Sundance, and we were treated to a live performance afterwards by the two main characters, who are actual musicians and not actors.
I can't say enough good things about this film. It is bittersweet and romantic, with great music (not Irish music, but the singer/songwriter type) as the two main characters collaborate on their songs and help each other become stronger and face the romantic challenges they both are suffering from. The end of the film is wonderful and Hollywood-cliché-free! I hope this film gets the distribution it deserves, because I'm going to be telling everyone to see it.
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