Irish director Brendan Muldowney’s 2013 Sophomore effort transplants novelist Kei Oishi’s “In Love With the Dead” from Japan to Europe with both enthralling and intentionally unsettling results. The international coproduction stars Dutch actor Robert de Hoog as a reclusive loner whose inability to escape tragedy and death leads him to an unusual and, in many ways, disturbing embrace of death, suicide and those who contemplate it.
Best known for his prodigious work in Dutch television, composer Bart Westerlaken taps into the minimalist stylings of such masters as Michael Nyman and Philip Glass to set a tone that emphasizes the film’s lighter, absurdist elements without losing sight of its overarching seriousness. The score’s cues reflect a variety of approaches to arpeggio as a compositional device – some more subtle than others, but all of them deeply moving. Where tracks like “Instructions on Everything” and “A World Without David” primarily lean on classical piano, others like “Fireworks” and the deceptively simple and efficacious “Outside” employ haunting choral arrangements as well as bells, strings and even guitar to evoke the lead character’s desperate sense of loneliness and isolation.
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