Love Is All You Need

Composed By: Johan Söderqvist

Distributed by: MovieScore Media/Kronos Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the Danish romantic comedy, Love Is All You Need, Trine Dyrholm is Ida, a hairdresser who has recently undergone successful breast cancer treatment only to return home to find her husband Leif (Kim Bodnia) is cheating on her.  She heads off to an Italian lemon plantation where her daughter is scheduled to be married in a few days and meets Philip (Pierce Brosnan), the groom's father, a man mad at the world over the death of his wife.  Can the two find an unlikely romance in the most romantic of settings?

                The musical score of Love Is All You Need was created by Swedish composer Johan Söderqvist who began his foray into music studying composition and arranging at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.  Having performed keyboards in a number of jazz and folk bands touring around the world, Söderqvist began focusing on creating musical scores for film, theater, radio and television, creating his first film score, Agnes Cecilia, in 1991.  Since then, he has created musical scores for a number of feature films including Brothers, After the Wedding, Things We Lost in the Fire and more.

                The Love Is All You Need Soundtrack features music with a European/Italian flare, giving the listener a perfect idea as to the romantic setting of the film.  At times, the score features a distinct Italian influence with guitars, violins and accordions.  Beginning with the well-known track Amore, the soundtrack appears to describe all of the stages of love - love lost, love found, the intoxication of new love, the anger felt when love goes wrong, the pain of a love lost.  One can tell right away that the faster paced music expresses comedic moments throughout the movie.

                Romantics at heart will enjoy the Love Is All You Need Soundtrack.  With its European romantic sound spelling out the ups and downs of love, Johan Söderqvist has created a score that is perfectly attuned to what is taking place in the film and works just as well as a stand alone album. 


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