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Soundtrack review: Entre rios, todo lo que no dijimos (Sebastian Romero – 2015)

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“Entre rios, todo los que no dijimos” (or “Between rivers, everything we don’t say to each other) is a family drama about a man who visits his grandmother in the countryside. He has a feeling this is going to be their last goodbye. Both he and his mother are hiding things from the grandmother and these secrets actually make their ties stronger… Sebastian Romero wrote the score.

The landscape around me changes with every strum of that acoustic guitar. The opening theme “Llegada” is simple and melancholic… a mariachi sitting alone and playing his melancholy. It’s nothing I haven’t heard before but I enjoy this break from the noise of the outside world. I like listening to a simple guitar theme like this. It soothes me and helps me reflect.

Once the melancholy ends (and I think the composer used the first two cues to paint the landscape of the score) the fun starts. “Vacas” and “Cooperativa” are two harmonica tunes which amuse me. I can only imagine what’s going on on screen but it sounds quite light and silly. This score is not at all pretentious and is very appropriate for a hot summer afternoon where everything seems to stand still.

And you can’t really go wrong with these guitar tunes. The music is beautiful and even if it doesn’t bring anything new it does enough to create a nice memory. Sometimes I get the feeling that this album isn’t related to a movie at all; instead it’s two soloists, one with the guitar, the other one at the piano who sit in a room all by themselves and have a silent dialogue. “Dibujo” is the most wonderful piece from “Entre rios, todo lo que nos dijimos”. It’s a lonely and quiet cue which tells me a lot. It drips into the next one, “Camino al Hospital” which erases all the fun and silliness from before.

This score is very easy to describe. A harmonica, an acoustic mariachi guitar and a piano met in the middle of the desert and started talking to each other. The harmonica was in the mood to have fun and play but the other two had a lot on their mind and were coming of bad periods in their lives. The piano was the saddest but the most beautiful of the three while the guitar was just trying to make the other two get along while coping with its own sorrow…

Cue rating: 85 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 5 / 19

Album excellence: 27%

Highlights:

Cooperativa

Dibujo

Camino Al Hospital

Hospital

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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