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Soundtrack review: A reason (Kim Planert – 2015)

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“A Reason” takes place at a family gathering of the Hilgrim family who have a hard time getting along. Serena is a young, gay introvert who is forced to endure the dreaded family visit with her controlling older brother Nathan. The uneventful trip turns more intense when the house of their elegant Aunt Irene will witness not only the reading of the elderly relative’s will – but also the unexpected course of events that ultimately forces the clan to reevaluate their views on love, forgiveness, and family. The score was written by German composer Kim Planert and features a name I always love to find on a score, Lisbeth Scott.

The composer sets a moody and scarred atmosphere right from the start. There’s nothing you haven’t heard before in the music but the familiarity of the landscape works in favor of the score from my point of view. The music is minimalistic and serious and there is a sad and accusing tone in almost every cue. What doesn’t work so well is the sensation that this could develop into something more intense, more emotional and yet the composer doesn’t allow it to. The music is always brewing something in that dark minimalistic way you’ve heard a lot of times before but there are few moments that actually finish the story.

Then there’s “Water of serenity” which doesn’t sound like the rest of them. This is a reflective and relaxing cue which benefits from the angelic voice of Lisbeth Scott who blesses this composition and makes it even dreamier, even heavenlier and I am forced to close my eyes and just drift on this beautiful lake which reflects the most beautiful landscape I could dream of. I am alone here and my mind is somewhere else.

It’s hard to single out other cues from this score. The ones where Lisbeth Scott performs are in a league of they own because they seem to have what others are missing. It’s also hard to single out separate cues because they sound very much alike and besides, to me, this score is all about the general atmosphere. The music retreats in the background and lets my thoughts roam freely. Sometimes I even forget about the music. This means it will work very well in the context of a movie especially it it’s a drama.

“A reason” is a musical paste that you rub on your scars. For a while there they will hurt again but in the end the divine voice of Lisbeth Scott will help heal.

Cue rating: 80 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 13 / 57

Album excellence: 23%

Highlights:

Waters Of Serenity

I Am Not Gonna Let You Die Alone

A Reason

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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