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Soundtrack review: Cruce (Guillermo Pita – 2015)

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When I listened to “Cruce” I didn’t know what the movie was about. I decided to just go with it since the score I only 10 minutes long and it would take more time to research the movie than to listen to the actual music. I decided to let Guillermo Pita tell me through his music what this was all about, not only through the self-explaining titles but also through the music.

I discovered a lovely little score with quite the mood swings bouncing from 30s swing to sweet melancholia. The thing is though, when the score and cues are so short they can only appeal to me if they have some kind of depth. I can work with a very small point of entrance towards a deep underworld. I couldn’t connect very well with party cues like “Pantellas” or “El Garito” because they didn’t speak to me. I found what I was looking for in pieces like “Primer beso” or “Malos timpos”. The serious tone and simple but effective melodies cracked open a door towards a world I could enjoy. The music doesn’t do more because it doesn’t have time to. I wouldn’t call “Curce” a collection of samples from a larger score because it does have a sense of beginning and end, but it doesn’t leave me with a sense of completion. The music was interesting enough to make me curious for more and to make me realize that I could have listened to a 40 minutes long score which developed the sprouts I heard from Guillermo Pita.

Fact is Spanish or South American composers make full use of their musical legacy and upbringing and use the acoustic guitar and various other types of strings to express the feelings they want to share with the listener and I enjoy this sound. It’s not pretentious, it’s melodic and nice. Clocking in at only 10 minutes this score is unable to make a dent though and its echoes will fade away like a moment’s scent dispersed by the slightest gust of wind.

Cue rating: 78 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 2 / 10

Album excellence: 17%

Highlights:

Primer beso

Malos tiempos

 

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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