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Soundtrack review: Que d’amour! (Philippe Jakko – 2013)

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“Que d’amour” is a screen adaptation of a French romantic comedy play. From what I understand they actually use the actors from the theater to play in the movie and bring the shenanigans from the stage to the big screen. It’s a story about a married couple who’ve never met each other and decided to play each others servants in order to get to know the person they married. Naturally all sort of confusion ensues but I am sure that there is a happy ending to this affair.

I musically met French composer Philippe Jakko last year when I heard his score for the World War II epic “Allies”. That score was one of the nicest surprises of 2014 so I was happy to get to listen to another composition from him. This score opens with “Rue de la paix” and this track makes me happy. I know its rhythm and mood and I love it. It’s that joyfully chamber music that never fails if done right. The fast brass, the flute inserts invite me to join them on a sunny and amusing adventure. This opening theme is like the sun shinning brightly after a few days of gloom. You welcome it, you feel rejuvenated and you just want to go out and play. That flute just warms my heart and I find myself listening for this opening for a quarter of an hour, unable to get past it.

When I finally to I am glad because “Adagio mineur” brings a touch of sensitivity that’s simply beautiful. I don’t need more from a film music cue…it’s melodic and beautiful and once again the flute just paints the most wonderful of images around me. I am instantly transported in another world, in another time.

The neo baroque sound is obvious once the score takes off and I love the period feeling I get from the music. I’ve said it before I love how the flute sounds in a movie score and I hear it plenty in “Que d’amour”. Add to that the sweet sounds of the harp and the score gets warm, tender and comfortable.  I can almost see myself at a court, at a castle, watching people prepare for a ball.  There’s joy of life in the music and I find myself imagining times when this was how people felt and lived all the time. Philippe Jakko’s composition springs and dances and is full of enthusiasm and all this is infectious.

When the mood changes and the romantic aspects of the score surface we get to enjoy some beautiful solo piano cues. I love to be surprised by a composer and the mood is suddenly broken by “Le hall de l’hotel pt 1”. This piano theme just rolls on my ears and falls out of the pages of this score like a long forgotten note which had been placed there for safe keeping. The second part of “Le hall de l’hotel” brings the only shadow of the score, with a hint of sadness that never lacks in a romantic comedy. But the end of the score makes sure we know that everything turned out alright.

Hearing the wonderful “Que d’amour!” after the emotional “Allies” just helped me add another composer to the list of ones to get excited about. I can’t wait to hear more music from Philippe Jakko!

Cue rating: 86 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 11 / 23

Album excellence: 48%

Highlights:

Rue De La Paix

Adagio Mineur

Les Pensées

Un Ange Passe

Le Hall De L’hôtel, Pt. 1

Final “Alla Delerue”

 

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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