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Summary: A modern day musical set on the streets of Dublin. Featuring Glen Hansard from the Irish band "The Frames," the film tells the story of a street musician and a Czech immigrant during an eventful week as they write, rehearse and record songs that reveal their unique love story. (Fox Searchlight) - Original Irish Release 2006
I tried to love it, I tried to hate it, both was impossible. Sometimes, I was bored to death, sometimes I was loving the movie, I am totally confused and don't know what to think. I'm glad for the ending and some of the songs were great, but it had many weak moments and the whole story is just so-so...probably worth seeing, if only for the music. I hate having to give it a numeric rating...
I've seen it three times, and I'm still willing to watch it several times over. It's one of those movies for me--I insisted that all of my friends go see it, and went with each to ensure that they did just that.
Simply put, the most enchanting film I've ever seen in my life, and I usually don't use that word to describe films. It's just an absolutely beautiful film about two people who share each others lives through the music they write. And yet the tale remains one more of inspiration and hope than ever donning the cliches of a sappy love story. The songs brought me to tears at certain points.
Fantastic movie filled with heart. Story of two un-named lovers who are brought together by their shared passion for music. Great, inspiring story about love and music is the best movie out this year so far.
An hugely charming evolution of the musical, shattering formula and giving us two very likable characters in the process. Some of the musical sequences last a little too long and some of the shots are a little shaky, but in pure (albeit quiet and subtle) emotional impact, it's impeccable.
A very nice movie with one of the best romances ever put on film. The soundtrack for this movie is pretty amazing, and the way shots linger while the haunting songs play adds to the emotional feel the whole movie gives. It has a great way of giving you hope and happiness for each character without a Hollywood ending and I would suggest everyone give this movie a chance.
A meditation on love, attraction and the grace found in making music is a tender charmer, full of perfectly pitched naturalistic dialogue and remarkably unshowy little achievements. Carney shows incredible patience, letting whole songs play out with minimal distraction, most notably on the initial duet on "Falling Slowly" and a nighttime stroll that accompanies "If You Want Me." These are great scenes that hint at the filmmaking integrity that Carney will carry through to the very last moment.
I probably don't need to tell you this is a musical or that it was an indie shot for $150K. What I do need to tell you is that the music is not very good ("droning" is the word that comes to mind) and the story is not well told (who on earth are those roomful of musicians who they're suddenly with halfway thru?) Yes, the intent of this film is to be unconventional, but it goes too far to the detriment of basic and necessary storytelling.