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Soundtrack review: L’amour est une fete (Gregoire Hetzel – 2018)

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Soundtrack review: L’amour est une fete (Gregoire Hetzel – 2018)

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“Paris Pigale” (L’amour est une fete) is a 2018 comedy. Paris, 1982. Patrons of a peep show, Le Mirodrome, riddled with debt, Franck and Serge have the idea to produce pornographic movies with their dancers to revive their establishment. Success is at the rendezvous and does not take long to attract the attention of their competitors. One evening, masked men destroy the Mirodrome. Ruined, Franck and Serge are forced to do business with their rivals. But what they do not know is that our two “entrepreneurs” are investigators charged to carry out a trick in the business of the “X” Paris. This is the beginning of an adventure in the pornography of the early eighties that will drag them away. Gregoire Hetzel wrote the score.

I grew up on French and Italian movies from the 70s and 80s and the sound of those movies, the scores have become part of who I am and bring me the sweetest nostalgia. Things are no different here when the opening cue “Un tournage reussi” plays with that slow, not pop but not jazzy either laid back sound with just a touch of a horn to evoke a long lost melancholy. Gregoire Hetzel is one of the rare composers who keep the romantic orchestral film music flame burning. He doesn’t join in today’s frantic or generic film music, the pace of his music isn’t rushed or disturbed. The story helps him as well in this case since it’s set in the 80s and as I listen to the score there is a certain seductive quality int he way the sax plays, as to just touch on the subject of the movie. Of course almost no nostalgic French or Italian score would be complete without a female voice to grace certain cues and increase the emotional impact. “Franck a une idee” reminds me of Ennio Morricone and Edda Del’Orso.

Since we’re in the subject of nostalgia, there’s some retro synth music as well in “Pardon, Mitterand”; hell if I find a Celtic sounding cue on this score, Gregoire Hetzel would have managed to touch on my most precious nostalgia thoughts. Seduction becomes even more intense with the female voices moaning softly on “Jesus”, one of the cues with comedic accents from this score.

“L’amour est un fete” was a journey to the favourite musical places of my past. If you have any emotional connection to French or Italian romance movies from 30 or 40 years ago your heart will be filled with joy when you listen to this one. I adored every minute of it.

Cue rating: 92 / 100

Highlights:
Un tournage réussi
Franck a une idée
Pardon, Mitterrand (Grégoire Hetzel & Constance Verluca)
Jésus (Grégoire Hetzel & Constance Verluca)
L’Amour est une fête
Amour
Fin de tournage

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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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