Soundtrack Review: Julieta

Soundtrack Review: Julieta

Juliet Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Julieta by Alberto Iglesias.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 90
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 32.2
Album Excellence: 55.5%

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Julieta is a 2016 Spanish drama film directed by Pedro Almodovar and starring Inma Cuesta, Adriana Ugarte & Emma Suárez. Julieta (Emma Suarez) is a middle-aged woman living in Madrid with her boyfriend Lorenzo. Both are going to move to Portugal when she casually runs into Bea, former best friend of her daughter Antia, who reveals that this one is living in Switzerland married and with three children. With the heart broken after 12 years of total absence of her daughter, Julieta cancels the journey to Portugal and she moves to her former building, in the hope that Antia someday communicates with her sending a letter. Alone with her thoughts, Julieta starts to write her memories to confront the pain of the events happened when she was a teenager (Adriana Ugarte) and met Xoan, a Galician fisherman. Falling in love with him, Julieta divides her time between the family, the job and the education of Antia until a fatal accident changes their lives. The score is composed by Alberto Iglesias.

Pedro Almodovar and Alberto Iglesias go back a long way. Some love this partnership and other not so much. I must admit I haven’t had much musical joy out of it yet, but I’m always hoping that this one is it. The score opens with ‘Tela Roja’, and it’s a slow start, a dark start as well with a simple motif, but nothing really to grab on to. Just once I would have loved to shout “Yes!”, but that’s not today apparently. ‘Esquina’ fares a little better because it has some sexiness to it. I like the jazz outset. It’s a bit like a sexy thriller and that I can definitely get on board with. ‘En El Mismo Lugar II’ takes it even further with the jazz element and it’s growing on me. It’s definitely moving in the right direction and that’s a great thing.

Well this took a pleasant turn I didn’t quite see coming. There were small signs in the opening cue, but it could have gone either way to be fair. Now this is intriguing and interesting all of a sudden. Like that flute in ‘Tren De Invierno 1985’. Sultry! That trumpet in the end though. I’m powerless against that. Great cue. In fact, it seems to get better the more I play, cue by cue, an I love that. Could this be the Almodovar / Iglesias film we finally all agree that this is excellent all around? All signs point to yes. Well I’m a believer. This is a very smart jazzy piece of scoring by Iglesias and much enjoyment was had.

3. En El Mismo Lugar II
4. Tren De Invierno 1985
5. Corteje Funere En La Nieve
6. Antia Concebida
7. Rumbo A Lo Desconocido
9. Tatuaje
10. Origen Del Hombre
13. Silencio
14. Camine Como Un Zombie I
17. Casa Blanca
21. Cuadernos Del Silencio
23. Epilogo

GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: Julieta, 6.5 out of 10 based on 2 ratings


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