When a busking hoover fixer meets a street flower seller, a tentative friendship begins. She needs her hoover fixing, no big deal for him, but that leads her to encourage him to take his music seriously. Little by little she nudges him towards his dream of booking a studio and recording a few tracks. Without her he might never have had the confidence to do this.
The scene in the music shop, when they are learning a song together, is the heart of the film. There is a genuine sense of two people learning together and moving in step with each other as they do so. Their friendship has a lasting effect on both of them. They lift each other up. In reality the two actors Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová wrote the music shop song, Falling Slowly, and went on to get nominated for an Oscar for it. Here’s what happened.
It’s just a little heart-breaking when Markéta steps towards the mic and the music breaks in so that she has to leave. I love the way the host breaks the proceedings to give her a chance to say thank you. Encouragement is so needed right now. Our culture is fast becoming a hotbed of blame and finger-pointing. But as Barack Obama says, it’s not enough to point out the mistakes of others. We have to do more. We have to help one another. Encourage each other. Something Jesus was brilliant at. Time and again he met folk who had been damaged by this world and their past. And time and again he took an interest in them, reached out and gave them something good, something of life. He helped them take another step.
‘Be kind to each other, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God through Jesus has forgiven you.’ Ephesians 4 v 32
‘I no longer call you servants… now you are my friends.’ John 15 v 15