Soundtrack, ‘Bee Season’

Based on the best-selling Myla Goldberg novel, Bee Season is about Miriam Neumann's (Juliette Binoche) downward spiral, as her husband (Richard Gere) eludes the fact that their marriage is collapsing by immersing himself in his 11 year-old daughter's quest to become a spelling bee champion. Like the storyline, the soundtrack is also unconventional in many ways. Soundtrack producer Maria McCoy could have easily taken a more commercial route and put out an album full of popular artists' B-side tracks that were "inspired" by the film. Instead, she relies on accomplished movie composer Peter Nashel's (The Trials of Henry Kissinger, The Deep End) lush and enchanting score, which brings to mind moments of movement and absolute stillness all at once. Throughout Nashel's intense score (especially on "What's A Mystic?" "I Start Out Hearing It In My Head," and "Shefa") his use of bells, slight piano structures, trip-hop like beats and dark textures of violin, cello, harp and flute capture a family in total disarray. Pop group Ivy provides a new track entitled "I'll Be Near You" that fits perfectly with the sentiments of the movie and the rest of the soundtrack. Once again, the smooth voice of Ivy's Dominque Durand is the clear highlight especially when she coos, "Somewhere in the darkness, there's a light." (Nettwerk)

Rating: 3.5 Out Of 5 Stars

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