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Philomena (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Alexandre Desplat

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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.”

Customer Reviews

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.

Inspirational, Intellectual

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

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

French composer Alexandre Desplat is the son of a Greek mother and a French father who met in the U.S. while both were attending the University of California at Berkeley, married in San Francisco, and settled in France. He began studying the piano at age five, later switching to trumpet and then flute. Fascinated by both music and film, he decided to pursue a career as a composer of movie scores. Starting with Ki Lo Sa? in 1985, his scores for television and film had reached a total of 100 by 2007....
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Philomena (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Alexandre Desplat
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Soundtrack, Music, Original Score, Classical
  • Released: Oct 28, 2013

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