Soundtrack Review: The Lion Woman

Soundtrack Review: The Lion Woman

The Lion Woman Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Lion Woman by Uno Helmersson.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 92.8
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 40.9
Album Excellence: 79.5%

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The Lion Woman AKA Løvekvinnen is a 2016 Norwegian drama film directed by Vibeke Idsøe and starring Rolf Lassgård, Kjersti Tveterås & Aurora Lindseth-Løkka. It is based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Norwegian author Erik Fosnes Hansen. THE LION WOMAN is set in the years between 1912 – 1937 and tells the epic and beautiful story of Eva who is born with hair covering her body. Despite the many challenges she is faced with, due to her appearance, she manages to shape and live an extraordinary life. The score is composed by Uno Helmersson.

On many sites I have seen it credits two composers, Uno Helmersson and Kristian Eidnes Andersen, but only Uno Helmersson gets the name in print on the front cover. Probably a collaboration of some kind. I know Andersen from a few scores, but I don’t think I know Helmersson. Will be interesting as I have a real soft spot for Scandinavian composers and scores recently. The score opens with the title cue ‘The Lion Woman’ a fast paced down spiralling piano motif with a hurried bank of strings in the underscore. The theme is getting some extra power and attention in the second half. I would say it’s a good theme, not so much more than that.

I think the pacing is better in cues like ‘Opening’ where there’s a slower tempo and more time to release and reflect on the music which is kind of nice and simple. The theme works better here and it doesn’t always have to go full force to make it effective. Perhaps it pushes the drama to hard. It’s very tense from the start which makes it harder for it to breathe and let the music tell a story of sadness that eventually will be some for of happiness. Even the sadness sounds happy-ish, but ‘The Birth’ must be like something taken from The Exorcist as the music changes into this dark and gritty mood music. I think it’s here the score finds it’s center with lovely minimalistic moods and that cello which is almost always a delight, and that includes this one. It’s like this score has two distinct halves, one is the more tense drama that doesn’t really feel emotional to me, and then you have the simple minimalistic mood cues, some with great motifs and very emotional. I definitely prefer the latter ones like ‘Gustav’ and ‘The Telegraph’ to mention a couple. Oh an more cello please. Everything is better with cello. I liked this score quite a bit, and when the music really connects with me it’s just lovely which luckily is the majority of this score.

HIGHLIGHTS:
3. The Birth
5. Gustav
6. Hanna And Eve
7. Christmas Part
8. Being Different
9. The Telegraph
11. First Day At School
12. Gnistan
14. Soothing
16. Gazing Through The Window
17. To Copenhagen
19. At Copenhagen
20. Home By Bike
21. Growing Up
22. Sorbonne
23. Gnistan Leaves
24. The Drawings

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Soundtrack Review: The Lion Woman, 10.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating

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