Composed By: Henrik Skram

Distributed by: MovieScore Media

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the dramatic Swedish thriller Crestfallen (Den som sker), Josephine Bornebusch is Tuva, a woman who has only just learned that she is adopted after two people she had always believed were her parents are killed in a car accident.  In an effort to discover her true roots, she and her daughter head back to her small hometown, but it doesn't seem like anyone there is willing to discuss her family history.

                The musical score of Crestfallen was created by Norwegian composer Henrik Skram.  Having studied musical composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and the Norwegian Academy of Music, Skram began composing musical scores for short films up until just recently when he was approached to create the score for the Norwegian dramatic film 90 Minutes.  Crestfallen represents his second full feature film project.

                The music for Crestfallen features strings and piano in a classical style.  The music is fairly dark and brooding with moments of classical beauty that don't really shine much in this score.  There are moments of great expression in this score like in the track Video which starts off with light strings and an expressive piano piece.  A little over a minute into the track, which starts off so innocently, dark piano strikes let the listener know that something dramatic and possibly shocking is being revealed.

                Despite having some beautiful classical moments, the truth is, Video is the most impressive and memorable track on the Crestfallen Soundtrack.  The music composed by Henrik Skram may work perfectly as background music in the film, but realistically, it's just not expressive or impressive enough for me to recommend buying as a stand alone album. 


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