This song won the Academy award (2008) for best original song seen in the movie ‘Once‘. I reviewed Once in Friday’s Finest September 2019. I wrote, ‘It’s very serendipitous how I see Bob Dylan in Sydney 2001 the night before he received his Oscar for Things Have Changed and then saw Glen Hansard in 2007 open for Bob in Melbourne and soon thereafter he wins an Oscar for Falling Slowly in Once. What are the chances of that?‘
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Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová are about the most unlikely duo you could think of achieving chemistry in a movie, let alone winning an Oscar together. The song was composed while Once was already in production. As seen below, in the movie, they play the song in the Waltons Music shop across from the George’s Street Arcade in Dublin. Irglova said in her Academy Award acceptance speech: “This song was written from a perspective of hope, and hope at the end of the day connects us all, no matter how different we are…“
Falling Slowly as a stand alone piece is very nice, but it works much better as seen in the movie in part with the rest. I haven’t seen Once for a long time, but I remember having vivid dreams about it soon after I saw it. It’s a very special indie movie for mine and has ‘the feel’ of a documentary sporting a scrappy, un-embellished naturalism more than a feature film. It’s adorable and hugely underrated. The movie has since been made into award winning musical.