Gustavo Santaolalla

Things We Lost in the Fire

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Gustavo Santaolalla and Johan Soderqvist's score for director Susanne Bier's film Things We Lost in the Fire is an appropriate accompaniment to the low-key drama. The Danish Bier, an adherent of the European "Dogma" brand of filmmaking -- naturalistic acting, natural lighting, handheld camera, etc. -- brought much of this approach to an American "Hollywood" film with big movie stars (Halle Berry, Benicio Del Toro, David Duchovny) in telling her story about a recently widowed woman and her platonic but nevertheless involved relationship with a drug addict who was a friend of her husband. Santaolalla and Sodverqvist provide a large number of short cues (30 in 37 minutes on the soundtrack album) dominated by delicately played acoustic guitars, with occasional orchestral or electronic backgrounds. It's a quiet, careful, somber style in keeping with the subject and style of the film.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 1:44
2 0:29
3 1:03
4 0:34
5 0:47
6 1:23
7 0:47
8 0:38
9 0:46
10 2:39
11 1:27
12 0:50
13 0:43
14 1:18
15 0:29
16 1:00
17 0:26
18 0:46
19 0:53
20 0:49
21 1:59
22 1:56
23 0:52
24 0:53
25 3:38
26 2:36
27 1:18
28 1:19
29 0:27
30 2:51
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