The Girl In The Cafe Movie – soundtrack

The Girl In The CafeThis post is mainly for all the people who come here looking for information about the soundtrack from The Girl In The Cafe.

The bad news is, there isn’t any official soundtrack available. But the good news is that you can find the 2 songs that make up 90% of the soundtrack of this film.

2 songs from the soundtrack of the Girl of the Cafe that made an everlasting impression:

Sigur Ros – Starálfur (islandic for Staring Elf) from the album ágætis byrjun (”an alright start”). (Download Starálfur free and legal from Sigur Ros’ website : click here).

Damien Rice – Cold Water from his album O. You can watch a videoclip of a live version of this song here.

The song that’s playing as they walk down the corridor to the hotel room on their first night in Reykjavik is ‘Somewhere there’s an Island’ by Seaman Dan. You can hear a sample of it here.

The beautiful movie soundtrack is composed by Nicholas Hooper, who also will compose music for the upcoming Harry Potter movie : Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Nicholas Hooper has also composed music for other Nighy delights like State of Play and The Young Visiters.

Nicholas Hooper won a BAFTA Award in 2006 for Best Original Music for The Girl In The Cafe.

Hope this helps.

If you want to get the DVD, you can find it here on Amazon.


  1. Favio · 11-02-2006

    :D thank you very much

  2. Linwood Schley Jr. · 31-03-2006

    Your music is real

  3. mer · 25-06-2006

    perfect songs for important movie. thanks for this site.

  4. Ingrid · 27-06-2006

    You’re welcome :-)

  5. Dana · 25-10-2006

    thank you!! I now feel complete.

  6. Gry · 24-11-2006

    An extraordinary song, a melody that empowers the senses.
    How appropriate for this most important movie.

  7. Erich · 26-11-2006

    Excellent to find this music! I was hynotized by not only the movie, but the music as well – thanks.

  8. simon · 09-12-2006

    ufff, what a relief. Star?lfur its also the song from the Jaguar Shark scene in the movie The Life Aquatic . Thanx, Looks like i wasnt the only one who liked it

  9. harshita · 08-01-2007

    well thx fr makin this amazing soundtrack available!!
    u v made my day!

  10. Dr. Cindy Gale · 17-02-2007

    Thank you so much for listing Sigur Ros’ song, “Staralfur” for this wonderful film. I love this enigmatic song and couldn’t find it, then last night I heard it toward the end of the film “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” but it wasn’t listed on the Soundrack. I appreciate your letting us know the title and composer of this eerily beautiful and moving song.

  11. Ingrid · 18-02-2007

    It’s a pleasure to see that people both like the soundtrack and the film :-)

  12. Jesse · 04-03-2007

    A great song for two great movies! Thank you for making it available and for keeping this site!

  13. Michelle · 16-06-2007

    Thanks for helping me find information on the soundtrack of this great movie! Do you know what is the song that plays right while the movie is starting? When the credits are still rolling?

    Thank you!

  14. Ingrid · 16-06-2007

    Hi Michelle – that song is Cold Water from Damien Rice. :)

  15. Graeme Parkin · 23-06-2007

    What a fabulous, thought provoking, funny, brilliantly acted and written film!!!!
    The sound track was perfect for the film. Why was it not credited and why hasn’t this film been nominated for every award possible.

  16. Ingrid · 23-06-2007

    @Graeme – happy to read you liked the film as well!

    The film has been nominated for several awards, and has quite a few of them.

    Richard Curtis got an Emmy for his writing, Kelly MacDonald got an Emmy for her acting, David Yates an Emmy for directing. And both Bill Nighy and Kelly MacDonald were nominated for a Golden Globe (which they unfortunately didn’t win)

  17. Millie · 09-08-2007

    If anyone’s interested, the song that’s playing as they walk down the corridor to the room on the first night is ‘Somewhere there’s an Island’ by Seaman Dan. You can hear a sample of it here:

  18. Ingrid · 09-08-2007

    Yay Millie – thanks very much for that update! I’ll update the post with this information!

  19. Patricia · 16-08-2007

    For those of you who really enjoy Sigur Ros’ Staralfar, I think you’ll also enjoy Ba Ba, also by Sigur Ros. It’s on the album BA BA TI KI DI DO. I received this song as part of iTunes ESSENTIALS collection called “Meditation Music – The Basics”. Every time I hear Ba Ba, it reminds me to TGITC. Just today I decided to see if I could find the soundtrack to TGITC, which lead me to this web site and the link to Staralfar.

    I love it when the Internet comes together like this!

    I also love TGITC.

  20. Cathy · 10-04-2008

    I see last night “The girl in the cafe” and to day I feel diferent …
    in my language ” EXCEPTIONAL TOTUL !!!!”

  21. robert · 14-05-2008

    luv ya for this site. having trouble downloading cold water, any suggestions? take care everyone.

  22. mhay · 18-06-2008

    hey where i can get all songs of this movie? and thanks for shareing this 2 songs……..

  23. KJE · 06-08-2008

    Thanks for providing this information. What’s wrong with HBO that they don’t even credit the music titles/performers on the DVD?

  24. Katina · 14-12-2008

    Hi Just watched this exquistely haunting movie. Loved the soundtrack. Can anyone tell me the name of the ‘classical piece’ that played I think)when he met her in the restaurant. I’ve heard the piece before but cannot put a name to it. Would be grateful for any leads.

  25. Cass · 15-12-2008

    Thanks for providing all the info which wasn’t provided in the credits!
    Much appreciated, going straight out to buy Sigur Ros’ album.

  26. thegirlinthecafe · 15-12-2008

    @Katine: I have to watch the film again and will have a listen!

    @Cass you are very welcome. That Sigur Ros album is beautiful by the way, I bough it after watching this film too, fantastic music.

  27. Kaitlin · 17-12-2008

    the song that his daughter sings at her graduation… is that a real song?? If so does anybody know who wrote it??
    Thanks :o)

  28. thegirlinthecafe · 17-12-2008

    Uhm, I think you are confusing two films here? You are talking about Gideon’s Daughter right? And I don’t have any info about that song, sorry!

  29. Jeremy keens · 19-12-2008

    can anyone name the song sung over the credits?

  30. thegirlinthecafe · 19-12-2008

    If you mean the opening credits – that’s Cold Water by Damien Rice.

  31. Jeremy keens · 19-12-2008

    no – I mean the closing credits

  32. Geri Wang · 08-03-2009

    Just rewatch this film yesterday

    How come there’s no official release for such beautiful score? i was a bit disappointed:(

    Anyway, i really enjoy the movie, the character and the music

  33. Chris · 01-05-2009

    I just saw this movie again today and I was wondering is it possible to find anywhere the melody themes from the film. For example the one that plays when Lawrence is making a tea two times, getting ready to call Gina..

  34. stargazer · 21-10-2009

    i wish Staralfur was available in an official soundtrack for ANY movie…

  35. Slothrop · 01-05-2011

    It has been too long since you’ve been thanked for providing this information. We just saw TGITC at my film club and longed for the soundtrack.

    Here you are to help us understand what we can and cannot have.

    Well done. Thanks.

    Somebody ought to tell you that in 2011! I’ve nominated myself. THANKS!

  36. Just me · 19-10-2011

    It’s October 2011, I’ve just seen TGITC. I loved it. Now I am making my friend look at it as I type. What a wonderful movie. And yes, I was googling to find info about the soundtrack and music artists. So thank you for providing this information.

    I <3 Bill Nighy which is how I even happened upon this film. I was on Netflix watching anything that had him in it.

  37. Oleg · 08-05-2013

    Thank you for this post! It’s 2013 already, and I’ve just watched this amazing movie. Love it, and love the soundtrack. Thank you from all people who found your page and found out more about the music from the movie – you did a big thing. Thank you!