Philomena (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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Oscar-nominated Philomena screenwriter/costar Steve Coogan offers insightful praise for the film’s French composer, Alexandre Desplat: “I love his scores because they don’t spoon-feed the audience. His are much more subtle.” Indeed, the composer’s musical instinct often seems like a sixth sense in service of director Stephen Frears’ bittersweet road movie. Desplat coaxes great emotional resonance from the theme, rooted in the sounds of a simple fairground calliope. Desplat explains that the theme became “the beating heart" of the film. "The movie starts with this scene in the fairground," he says, "and we hear in the background an organ playing a tune, and that's mine. When this melody comes back, I'm not sure anyone has noticed that it was in the fairground. Never mind—it's there, subliminally played. And that's how I've tailored the score with this theme recurring here and there, orchestrated in a way that reminds us of the fairground sound with little recorders and strings.”
Beautiful as always
Mr. Desplat never fails to tug at my heart strings with his gorgeous and lush scores. His music is brilliant.
Haunting and Beautiful
Alexandre Desplat has a way in which his music comes across as mysterious and yet amazingly beautiful at the same time. I loved this movie, but I loved it more for the soundtrack. I reccommend the entire thing, but for the individual tracks I love any of which I consider the theme, as it resonates throughout several of them. Especially drives to roscrea, landing in U.S.A., and Mary.... It touches my heart each time I hear the theme. The other theme that is used quite a bit is lovelly as well. What a beautiful story.
The song Philomena draws emotions and thoughts in a good sense. This song/album is beautiful and I believe in it. I just feel good when I listen to this.
Born: August 23, 1961 in Paris, France
Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s