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The Life Before Her Eyes
(2008)
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Composed, Performed, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Simon Rhodes
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Lakeshore Records
(April 15th, 2008)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you can accept a grim and gloomy atmospheric score with little of the haunting beauty that typically floats overwhelmingly depressing experiences on film.

Avoid it... if less than ten minutes of a truly focused combination of piano, synthetic voice, and electronics near the end of the album cannot forgive the mass of meandering and aimless suffering preceding it.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,001
WRITTEN 4/13/08
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The Life Before Her Eyes: (James Horner) If you're looking for a downer, then look no further. No glorious footage of the gorgeous Connecticut countryside can soften the impact of The Life Before Her Eyes, a time-shifting examination of a life that flashes before your eyes, quite literally. The adaptation of Laura Kasischke's novel of the same name was originally titled "In Bloom" upon its debut on the eighth day of the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, though its wider (but still limited) release more than half a year later reverts to the book's title. To describe the plot of the film without revealing its conclusive twist is difficult, though both the title and soundtrack track listings plainly give that twist away. Essentially, The Life Before Her Eyes jumps haphazardly between three eras in a timeline, blurring them in such as fashion as to suggest parallel universes. The primary character of Diana is alternately seen forming a bond with her best friend in high school, facing a crazed student in the middle of shooting up his school (who gives the two trapped girls the choice of which one he should kill), and dealing with the tragic event fifteen years later. None of the three times is particularly sunny, especially as the adult Diana sees her life slipping away due to her own inability to deal with the trauma. Grim, gloomy, and almost grotesque in its ominously confusing narrative shifts, The Life Before Her Eyes has been described as a story much better left on paper, where the cerebral explorations are more coherent. Director Vadim Perelman made a splash with his debut for The House of Sand and Fog in 2003, and this, his second feature, also contains a contemplative score by veteran James Horner. As the composer has ventured further into the arthouse scene in the 2000's, his work has become more unpredictable. There is little in the music of The Life Before Her Eyes that will remind most mainstream listeners of the composer's famous works, but as any collector tired of hearing "Hornerisms" will admit, some originality is never to be frowned upon.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 53:38
• 1. An Ordinary Day (3:54)
• 2. Diana - A Future to Be... (4:56)
• 3. Becoming Close Friends (3:33)
• 4. All the Memories from an Old Photo Album (4:06)
• 5. The Gift of a Necklace (4:00)
• 6. "Choose! Time to Decide" (3:31)
• 7. Diana Gets Hit By a Car (3:46)
• 8. Two Lives Slowly Converging (4:36)
• 9. Diana's Young Conscience is Finally Formed (3:44)
• 10. The Memorial - The Laying of Flowers (2:32)
• 11. Two Worlds; The Past and the Future (2:51)
• 12. Young Diana's Future - A Future That Could Have Been... (12:15)

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