Krishna Levy | A Bout Du Monde A Gauche | AAC Wagram WAG 329 | 2004
Amelie Aime le Cinema continues their release of contemporary French film music with another score by composer Krishna Levy. Levy, who saw some international recognition with her score for Huit Femmes (8 Women) back in 2002, has written a score in stark contrast to the other AAC release Je suis un assassin; this score utilises full orchestra and is 100% melodic!
The film itself, directed by Avi Nesher, is a story about clashing Jewish-immigrant communities living in a forgotten province of south Israel and the effect their problems have on two young women, one Indian and one Moroccan, who form a deep bond. The prejudices each group have for each other are eventually diluted when the communities join together to form a cricket team and play a match against a visiting British side.
The music plays out a mixture of classic, romantically styled music and is interspersed with some rhythmic ethnic vibes, as well as an original song. The album seems to be a full representation of the score, with some cues being inordinately short (one clocks in at 18seconds!), and the tracks are evenly dispersed between five differing thematic ideas. The first track introduces us to a swirling orchestral theme for full orchestra and sweeps the listener into the story and the world of the film, though is rather Spartan in the rest of the score. The following cue represents a musical refrain that crops up more often in the scheme of things; this theme is a jaunty piece reminiscent of Rachel Portman and has an eastern European tinge to it as well as a sense of fun. Another set of cues display a reflective, almost yearning quality, delicately passed between guitar, harp and strings; this could well be the music that signifies the relationship between the two friends and the bond they have with each other. There are also some ominous sounding cues in the score, mostly played on strings, sometimes with piano and other times with fuller orchestral elements, probably accompanying the tension between the two sides. This music is quite emotive and utilises the main theme from track one at times. The final element in the score displays some wonderful, ethnic sounding music, what you might call music for exotic dancing. These tracks really break up the orchestral mood and add a lot of colour to the album with the sounds of finger cymbals, bells and hand drums! Amongst all of these elements some tracks really stand out; Track 7 is an intriguing stand alone moment, played out in a regal style with anthemic snare rolls and stately strings. It may be that this music was used for the visiting British Cricket team. Track 9 is in the style of a lullaby, it’s one of the shorter cues (32 seconds) and utilises the same melodic line as the main theme in Track 1. It’s a shame it isn’t a longer track as it’s quite lovely and reminds me of Georges Delerue. The final stand out number is evident in Tracks 21 and 28 and is a wonderful piece that immediately makes me think of a European romantic comedy, with its quick guitar riff, bright woodwind and brass, accompanied with breezy strings… fun stuff!
The song, listed as ‘Bachelor Party Song’, is an original piece by Krishna Levy, with vocals by Victor Wizman, and was more than likely used as source music in the film.
Au bout du monde à gauche (Turn Left at the End of the World) is a lovely listen, with an array of musical styles that compliment each other very well. Levy’s music is very fresh sounding and it sits comfortably in the shadow of composers like Delerue, Portman and Wiseman, with whom I believe Levy shares a similar musical sensibility. Again the AAC packaging offers up some original artwork and photography as well as a film synopsis and an interview with the director. The only thing missing is a track listing… you cant have everything I suppose!