I went to see it tonight. It was my first time ever in the Hiway Theatre, and it was a very enjoyable experience. The Hiway is an historic old theatre that is undergoing renovations. There is one single room for movies...no multiplexes here! I went to the 10:10 PM showing, and shared the theatre with about 20 other people, scattered throughout the middle of the room.
I enjoyed the movie. It started quite slowly and meanderingly, the sound and imagery were somewhat gritty and earthy, kind of like a good quality home movie, and I felt as though I had been invited to share a part of the character's lives for a short time. The funny thing is, I can't say that it was wonderful or had a great story or even fantastic music...but all together it made a good story and a pleasant experience. I walked out of the theatre feeling more like myself in some ways...having not been bombarded with special effects, the experience was very grounding and intimate. I'm glad that I went, instead of waiting for the dvd. It was fun to drive back home and feel as though I had just gone around the corner to visit a friend.
Here's a live performance of Falling Slowly...
Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova