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Soundtrack review: Pars vite et reviens tard (Patrick Doyle, 2003)

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Soundtrack review: Pars vite et reviens tard (Patrick Doyle, 2003)



“Pars vie at revien tard” (translated in English “Have mercy on us all”) is a movie by Patrick Doyle’s second most frequent director collaborator, Regis Wargnier. The movie, based on a novel, is about the plague returning to modern day Paris.

I expected almost a Frankenstein level intensity and drama… I haven’t seen the movie, so I can’t say what it analyses, but the score sounds very personal and intimate. Because it is so personal to someone I don’t know, I couldn’t connect with it. The mood is dark overall, but not at all threatening or intense. The music just flows in the background and all I get from it is that things are bad, but calm. There are no changes in the rhythm, no sudden spikes in energy, and no bursts of orchestration. I have to admit I got bored after a few cues.

The score is also repetitive. Eventually, because of that, the piano theme grows on me, but more by persistence than by value or feeling. It grows on me and makes listening to the score a little more interesting, but just barely. This was not one of Doyle’s finest hours for me. Luckily, it’s one of the few…

Cue rating: 56 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 0 / 41

Album excellence: 0%



Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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