One of this years great sleepers. A vacuum-cleaner repairman (Glen Hansard) moonlights as a street singer, and a passer-by (Markéta Irglová) takes a liking to his songs. The two strike up a friendship that would become a love affair if it werent for certain circumstances. While their story is sweet, its the musical performances that make this film a must-see. When the two first collaborate in a music store, him on guitar and her on piano, its true movie magic. Hansard (who appeared in The Commitments
) has a voice that is sometimes reminiscent of Cat Stevens in his heyday, and Irglová has a naturalistic beauty that will make many fall in love with her on-screen persona. The story is quite unconventional, and its conclusion is a surprise.