Perfect Song, Perfect Scene: Falling Slowly in the Movie Once
Once was a brilliant, beautiful if not heartbreaking movie. It is the story of two musicians who struggle to find their voices and right their hearts during a short span of time that involves a healthy mix of comic tragedy around a broken vacuum, a street side robbery, a trip to the beach, a motorcycle ride, a stint in the studio and my favorite scene of the movie – an impromptu sing-along in the piano store.
Glen Hansard, who is the lead singer of The Frames, made his big screen debut more than a decade ago in The Commitments. Markéta Irglová makes her debut as an immigrant separated from her husband who finds solace in a piano shop that lets her play for free.
The following song, Falling Slowly, won the best original song Oscar – perhaps the best of the best original songs in decades. And the good news is that Once isn’t once in a lifetime: Hansard and Irglova have brought their relationship into the real world, and are currently touring, as a couple, under the moniker Swell Season.
Here’s the perfect song perfect scene from the movie Once: