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Soundtrack review: Les chaises musicales (Alexis HK)

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“Les chaises musicales” (The musical chairs) is a movie by Marie Belhomme which tells the story of how In Bretagne, a young woman whimsical and awkward causes an accident that sends a man in a coma. Gradually, by wanting to know more about him, she will settle in his life and even fall in love …The score was written by Alexis HK, a French singer and composer. As always, a singer’s venture into film music could provide very interesting results.

I have to be careful though because this is a comedy score and this, together with animation, is shaky ground for me. I need to be in a special state of mind to enjoy a funny score. In a strange way, when a comedy score comes along, I prefer it to be simple and harmless because it’s easier for me to enjoy it. And this one simple it is, I mean the opening cues could very well feature on the kids’ TV channels when they show images of animals or colored cubes or whatever. The piano is jolly and easy to connect to, the rhythm is playful and the instrumentation is simple.

When the more dramatic moments come, like “Premiere visite hospital” the music gets more eeire but still stays simple. “Construction cage” is my favorite piece from the first half of the score because it enters the Rob Simonsen / most care free Sunday afternoon relaxing music territory which I love. It is joined there by “Epicerie chez ele”. The cues are still simple but they fall like feathers on my skin and give me a nice gentle tickle. Just nice little guitar themes.

This score will probably work very well in the context of the movie it was written for. I can imagine the mood of the movie, I can visualize its tone, the score does a great job in that department. There are moments in “Les chaises musicales” when I smiles and got a little nostalgic. Even close my eyes and dreamt for a few seconds. That’s all I take from Alexis HK’s composition and I can’t complain.

Cue rating: 73 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 1 / 18

Album excellence: 3%

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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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