An unnamed guy is a Dublin street guitarist and singer-songwriter who makes a living by fixing vacuum cleaners in his Dad’s Hoover repair shop by day. At night, he heads for the streets to sing and play for the money strangers give him in Dublin. 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 girl work through their past loves and reveal their budding but disconnected love for one another through their songs.
Rating: 8 out of 10
This is a musical like no other. It’s gritty, it’s real, and it has characters we can relate to — as opposed to the ones who break out into highly detailed choreography in the streets with bakers, butchers, nuns, and anyone else around who join in.
Don’t get me wrong, I love musicals. But this one stands out for its heart-breaking story and realistic characters who seem so much more real through the hand-held lens. They have awkward moments, real chemistry, and a love that will never connect. They also make beautiful music together.
The film is about 60 percent music, mostly acoustic-based folk/pop, but it’s entirely enchanting and emotional. I found myself completely engrossed in this very simple film. It’s a heart-breaker, but one I love. We’ve all had that person we want so bad, but can never have.