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Soundtrack review: Todo el tiempo del mundo (Mario Vinuela – 2015)

Fran is an almost-40-year-old hypochondriac who has lived half of his life swallowing pills. He’s waiting for the results of his last medical check, convinced that this time his illness will be irreversible. He decides to make a pause and get back to his roots, leaving Madrid and rediscovering his homeland: Asturias. This is the plot of “Todo el tiempo del mundo” (“All the time in the world”). The score was written by Mario Vinuela. I’m always happy to discover a new composer from that school of film music.

Ah, it’s a tango score…. Great, I love that sound. A harmonica (I think) welcomes us into the small world the composer has created and the next cue makes the feeling of being in a ballroom even deeper with a beautiful waltz. For me this sound is associated with European movies. You almost never heard this in Hollywood releases. The piano just melts my heart and I have forgotten all about the story or the plot of the movie. The music is separated for that; it’s just something I will enjoy no matter what.

It’s time for another tango then and I am starting to identify a theme for this score. I must admit that this tango made me remember that famous scene from “Scent of a woman” when Al Pacino dances with Gabrielle Anwar. “Todo el tiempo del mundo” seems to play like an eternal dialogue between the tango and the piano. The piano is such a powerful instrument and it can evoke so many feelings and if a composer uses it right he can’t go wrong.

Mario Vinuela didn’t use a lot of instruments for this score, but the ones he did use sound great. He chose that tango / waltz sound and went with it in small and enjoyable doses. This is the kind of score I could listen to no matter what moment or state of mind I might be in. The score is fun and entertaining and if I were to choose I would like to take it with me on a vacation. It has that perfume of visiting a beautiful city, of walking stoned streets and ending the day with a bath in the sea…

Cue rating: 85 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 4 / 14

Album excellence: 31%

Highlights:

Todo el tiempo del mundo

Para decir adios

Pasión

Fin

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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