The movie Once played here last week and I was really looking forward to seeing it because I’ve been a fan of the musicians who play the lead characters for ages.
Six or seven years ago a band from
One of the songs they did was called Star, Star. To supply the angelic voices for the chorus two young sisters were called up from the crowd and I think that’s the first time Markéta Irglová and Glen Hansard ever performed together in public.
I’ve seen them three or four times since then, but my favourite moment I think was towards the end of a concert at the Theatre of Music in Olomouc a couple of years ago. As an encore to a show promoting the Swell Season album, Markéta came and sat down at the edge of the stage and performed Jeff Buckley’s version of John Cale’s version of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ acoustically. Almost the entire crowd spontaneously joined in with the chorus (some of us who’ve heard the limits of our singing voices stayed quiet for the greater good ;-) and it was really one of the nicest moments you could hope to experience at a live concert.
But what about the film? Well, it’s set in
Overall it’s a brilliant little Indie film with a good story, great music and it has captured the mood of a particular slice of time in