I know that I'm not the only fan of the wonderful, bittersweet Italian film The Best of Youth (La meglio gioventù.) I loved much of the music in the film, especially this song by artist Cesária Évora, titled Sodade, which roughly translates as "Longing."
In the film, it plays hauntingly in the background during a particularly poignant scene and it always sends shivers down my spine.
Cesária Évora has been nicknamed "the barefoot diva" because of her penchant for performing sans shoes (as she did in Ottawa several summers ago.) She was born in 1941 in Cape Verde, a small republic off the west caost of Africa that was once colonized by Portugal (which explains why she sings in Portuguese.)
I don't understand the language, but to me the melody and her voice are so evocative of longing that I don't need to know the words.