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Cheri
(2009)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Conducted by:

Performed by:
The London Symphony Orchestra

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jean-Pascal Beintus

Produced by:
Solre Lemonnier
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(June 16th, 2009)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are a clearly established enthusiast of Alexandre Desplat romance scores that rely upon intelligent lines of dancing movement rather than easier, broad strokes of deeper tonality.

Avoid it... if you consider Desplat's prancing, waltz-inspired rhythms of the treble region to be obnoxiously dainty, prompting you to swat at imaginary insects buzzing around you in the room.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,604
WRITTEN 7/5/09
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Cheri: (Alexandre Desplat) After a 1990's saturation of the market involving films dealing with societal mores and loves affairs in Europe of a hundred years ago, the industry rarely revisits this costume and art director's realm of mastery. One exception is the 2009 European film Cheri, a throwback to Merchant-Ivory productions and Jane Austen adaptations, courtesy of veteran genre screenwriter Christopher Hampton and director Stephen Frears. The story of Cheri is one that predictably follows the love affair between one of Paris' most powerful courtesans and the much younger son of another. Their casual encounters turn into several years of a deeper relationship that is eventually threatened upon the younger man's arranged marriage to a woman more appropriate for him. A restraint of emphasis on the moral implications of the affair and a handful of laughs keep the picture light-hearted, though there is no escaping the inevitable circumstances of love lost by the tale's end. Critical response has been overwhelmingly positive for Michelle Pfeiffer and Kathy Bates as the two aging courtesans, but little praise has been saved for the younger cast members, leaving Cheri with respectable, but not overwhelmingly positive reviews. Extending his services in a genre not unfamiliar to his career is composer Alexandre Desplat, whose international recognition has been slowly but steadily gaining steam over the course of the decade. Any period romance film could suffice with a basic score of pretty, harmonic tones; undoubtedly, a straight forward approach to something like Cheri from composers similar to John Barry or Rachel Portman would have served the film well enough. With Desplat, however, comes a sense of complication that is all his own, a need to intelligently fill the aural environment of a film with more lines of musical thought than necessary. This approach is a significant attraction for some listeners, though its tendency to shun straight forward harmonic expressions of majesty either repulses or generates indifference from others. In these regards, Cheri is a score that true collectors of Desplat's work will appreciate greatly while others will likely find it merely average. The fact that this division in appeal has come to define much of Desplat's career is an interesting debate for another time.



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Average: 3.07 Stars
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Total Time: 46:21
• 1. Cheri (4:16)
• 2. The Rose Acacia (2:53)
• 3. The Wedding (6:52)
• 4. First Kiss (2:22)
• 5. Flower Tunnel (2:03)
• 6. To Biarritz (4:07)
• 7. 6 Years Later (2:36)
• 8. Return Home (4:04)
• 9. Lea's Solitude (1:14)
• 10. All Goes Well With the World (2:50)
• 11. Orphans (1:07)
• 12. Pleasure and Happiness (2:56)
• 13. Les Courtisanes (1:35)
• 14. Beautiful Handles (2:34)
• 15. An Old Woman (5:01)

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