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Soundtrack review: Hania (Jan A.P. Kaczmarek – 2007)

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Hania is a Polish drama film which I haven’t seen. From the description of the movie, I’m expecting something dark and depressing.

Unfortunately, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek’s score for this one doesn’t really get any reaction from me. Though beautiful in sound, it feels rather generic and harmless. “Hania” is a nice early winter score, but it’s lacking depth. It is almost childish in mood, but maybe that’s what the movie asked for. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I was probably expecting or looking for something more engaging when I started listening to it. I admit this was probably my mistake.

Even so, the piano has an innocence I really like. I am really happy when I listen to “The first star” and I feel like I want to go outside and build a snowman. The Christmas cues are also very nice. I think my problem with this score is that it sounds too simple and forgettable. Maybe it’s not for me. The piano, nice as it is, gets repetitive at some point and it doesn’t touch me. However, if I close my eyes and imagine I’m a child again, I can feel this score better. For a kid, it could feel magical and Christmas like…I wonder if the composer was thinking of his kids when he wrote this score, because it feels very personal. Maybe that’s why I couldn’t connect with it very well…

If you enjoy a very easy and light score, this one is for you. If the mood asks for it, it might work. For me though, this hour felt a little too long…

Cue rating: 52  / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 3 / 60

Album excellence: 5%

 

Highlights:

The First Star

About the author

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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