Palimpsest: A Hypnotic Mystery
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Palimpsest: A Hypnotic Mystery follows Police Inspector Marek (Andrzej Chyra) as he engages in a cat-and-mouse game with a murderer, but could it be that the inspector is actually the perp? While Marek searched for the killer of his former partner (Tomasz Sapryk), he finds himself dealing with personal demons and the memories of Hanna (Magdalena Cielecka), the mesmerizing woman who caused the partnership to end years earlier.
The musical score of Palimpsest was created by Bartek Gliniak, a Polish composer who has composed music for over thirty films. Since his debut in 1994 at the International Festival of Contemporary Music, Gliniak has created music for such notable film and television projects as Marszalek Pilsudski, Komoik, Teah, Joanna, Lord of the Carpathians, My Nikifor and Katyn.
The fact that Marek is haunted by his past and often has difficulty understanding what is real and what is in his head calls for a score that can convey this. Thus, the Palimpsest Soundtrack begins with a string and piano theme and then develops into a horror-like style, featuring screechy violins and dark, dangerous bass. Often times the music becomes quite disturbing and distorted, aiding us in understanding the confusion within Marek’s mind. The spookiest moment in the soundtrack arrives in Movement 2 which features a loud gunshot – totally freaked me out the first time I heard it. Afterwards, things evolve into a rather dark score, reflecting the outcome of the film.
I found the Pamplisest: A Hypnotic Mystery Soundtrack to actually be rather disturbing. The music created by Gliniak definitely got the desired effect – I was totally discomfited listening to this music. I have no doubt that this music, along with the visual effects of the film, aide each other in keeping viewers on edge until the very last scene. Excellent work!