Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone (Perfect Song, Perfect Scene)

Notting Hill
was on Bravo this weekend. I always forget how much I like this movie. Julia Roberts plays the biggest movie star in the world, who falls for the owner of a travel book shop played by Hugh Grant (no, we don’t have Dickens: we only have travel books).

The characters are lovable: particularly his roommate and sister, whose oddities lend a charm to the movie that is missing in most. And the music is brilliant. The complete list of songs from Notting Hill, plus videos and downloads, is at

And here’s a taste:

How Can You Mend a Broken Heart by Al Green
Gimme Some Lovin by Spencer Davis Group
She Moved Through the Fair by Elvis Costello, and
In Our Lifetime by Texas

But the most perfect song from the movie is when
Ain’t No Sunshine
by Bill Withers plays. The scene moves through the seasons, but the heartbreak remains the same. However sad, it is a perfect scene, made so by the perfect song.

Here it is:


~ by montelutz on October 20, 2008.

One Response to “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone (Perfect Song, Perfect Scene)”

  1. This has to be my favorite scene in the whole film and the song fits perfectly. Thank you for sharing the video.

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