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Soundtrack review: Le vents des regret (Ivan Palomares – 2014)

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“Le vents des regret” is a 2014 French independent film. Kronos Records released the score for this movie, written by Ivan Palomares. It’s always exciting to get to know a new composer to me and even if the actual score is only 13 minutes long, the rest of the release plays as greatest hits from this composer, with 15 more cues from various scores.

The score takes me by the hand and invites me to sit near it from the first notes. This is a story I want to hear. Everything around me dissolves as the slow cello builds an entirely different world. If “Le vents de regret” was an actual person confiding in me late at night the cello would be the words while the gentle but piercing string pieces would be the moments of silence in the conversation, moments that tell me just as much as the words. The piano key strokes would be the meaningful gestures or facial expressions that would complete this memory.

This is the kind of score that gets to me no matter what mood I might be in. It’s made of moments and echoes that open a dark and appealing world in front of me. This is a sound I am familiar with and a sound I consider a close friend. We wouldn’t be able to communicate daily, but whenever we do I feel richer and more at peace. This score is for your unfinished memories… for those bookmarks in your life you always like to return to, for something that could have gone differently. Ivan Palomares guides us with care and without being loud. He just shines a dim and sharp musical light over the unresolved memories we might have.

“Le temps perdu” would be my favorite motif from “Le vents de regret”. It’s one piece where I discovered some hope hiding in the shadows; hope that the road taken was the right one after all. There’s so much emotion in these 13 minutes that you will perceive the time you spend with this score as much longer. Take these 13 minutes and enjoy a beautiful and haunting composition. It will make you add another composer on your list of “to watch for”.

And it’s not just the score itself. It might fool you into thinking this is the only style of his music. Just go through the other cues you will discover a very versatile composer and I am glad to meet him. The common thread through all these pieces is emotion and, for me, the sensation of a long and beautiful train ride…

Cue rating: 100 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 13 / 13

Album excellence: 100%

Highlights:

Souvenir D’enfance (Childhood

Générique (Opening Credits)

Enfant De Demain (Child Of To

Je Donne Rien (I Give Nothing

Jeux (Games)

Le Temps Perdu (Lost Time)

Les Regrets (Regrets)

Le Départ (The Departure)

Générique De Fin (Closing Cre

 

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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