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Soundtrack review: Perfidia (Diego Fontecilla – 2009)

“Perfidia” (“Perfidy”) is a movie by Rodrigo Bellott about a guy sitting alone in a hotel room being tormented by dark thoughts. The movie has only that one location so it moves very slowly but this gives the viewer time to get to know the main character and what drives him. From what I read this 2009 movie is quite challenging and dark. The score was written by Diego Fontecilla and I never get tired of discovering new Spanish speaking film music composers.

The opening cue “El reencuentro” is one of the reasons why I love exploring this film music part of the world so much. Spanish or South American composers usually have a preference for strings, all sorts of strings, most of them deep and dark. Diego Fontecilla employs the cello here and I am just charmed. He doesn’t need more instruments to present us a trouble soul.

There is no doubt right from the start that this is a dark score which take its time in piercing our skins slowly and deeply. It’s like the violin bow is moving on my skin rather than on the stings. I get very powerful feelings from this score. There are echoes of memories, there are decisions which me as a main character know are going to be hard to take. A cue like “Camino a la muerte” is a theme for that point from which there is no turning back.

The composer alternates those somber and dark strings with lighter ones that might be playing the past instead of the present. This score is a permanent dialogue between the painful present and the painful memories that influence it. The music follows the main character’s train of thought as he hesitates. The music is extremely beautiful. This score doesn’t need to be longer because the soloists who play the string instruments create vortexes of darkness I get lost in.

“Perfidia” barely uses three instruments but they are the right ones. Scores like this one make me question if indeed the piano is my favorite instrument to hear in a score. The cello and the violin have a different range and if used by a talented and able composer they can just stir things up inside me and move me like nothing else. Diego Fontecilla’s score will leave a long lasting echo inside me. I’m not sure how often I will return to it because it’s not the easiest score to listen. But this is the mark of a great composition: to affect the listener. Target achieved.

Cue rating: 93 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 11 / 17

Album excellence: 62%

Highlights:

El Reencuentro

Lugares del Recuerdo

Borrando el Pasado

La Masturbación

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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