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Dear Frankie Soundtrack

4.6 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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The tale of a mother who poses as her son's estranged father in letters, yet eventually has to enlist a stranger to play the role, director Shona Auerbach's intimate indie became a film festival perennial. Given the movie's tearjerker tendencies, its musical score becomes an even more crucial component of its deft, if relatively non-manipulative dramaturgy. Young composer Alex Heffes more than rises to the occasion, providing a delicate score fueled by spare, elegant piano and emotionally-longing string arrangements. Heffes work here mines the same intimately scaled, soulfully resonant vein as Rachel Portman's Oscar-nominated music for Lasse Hallstrom's Ciderhouse Rules and Chocolat, a skillful musical tack that's openly emotional, yet seldom cloying. The contributions of modern rockers Clarksville (the buoyant "Everyone Will Have Their Day" and more intimate ballad "Reprise") and singer-songwriters Obi and Jesse Harris organically mesh with Heffes' score in a way that's all to rare in an era where pop songs often contribute little more than marketing shuck to film projects. --Jerry McCulley
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Product Details

  • Composer: Alex Heffes, Various Artists
  • Audio CD (March 8, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Silva America
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • ASIN: B0002W18RU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,407 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
I had heard that DEAR FRANKIE was a special film, but what I didn't expect was how beautiful the music would be in it. The soundtrack has lovely piano solos that have a rippling and rolling tone to them. There are a few vocal tracks interspersed--sometimes with Frankie's voice-over narrating a letter and some songs that are entirely vocals. The vocals have a nice folk quality that don't detract from the instrumentals.

I loaded the soundtrack into my MP3 player twice--once with and once without the vocals. When I want lilting background music I put on the non-vocal version and hit "repeat."

The film DEAR FRANKIE is wonderful, with a sweet sadness to it that stays with you for days. That emotion is brought forth in part by the beautiful music. It is a must-have CD for anyone who appreciates excellent composing and piano & guitar performances.

Other wonderful soundtrack recommendations with similar qualities:

LITTLE WOMEN

SHADOWLANDS

DYING YOUNG

FIELD OF DREAMS

CHOCOLAT

BACK TO TITANIC

MR. HOLLAND'S OPUS (score)

NOT FOR OURSELVES ALONE

THE SECRET GARDEN
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By Ana on September 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This cd is missing a lovely song by Damien Rice, called 'delicate'. In the movie it plays during the beach scene where Frankie is attempting to skip rocks.

Just thought i would share this piece of information.
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After watching "Dear Frankie" on cable several times, I decided to buy it and the soundtrack album. I did not read the detailed list of songs before buying. Although the soundtrack is good for what it is, I was disappointed that the song "Delicate" by Damien Rice was not included. Nor was the song about the "white horse" that was sung twice during the movie, once by Lizzie and once by the club singer. It would have been nice also to have the "Macarena" song which was in the movie.
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Silva America presents "Dear Frankie", the soundtrack and film score...featuring composer Alex Heffes extraordinary music cues and selections from the film by Clarksville, Obi, Arvo Part and Jesse Harris...all in all is a wonderful listen for "film-score-buffs", not to mention the impact on the film.

A few highlights come to mind "FRANKIE READS" and "THE FINAL LETTER", both cues composed by Alex Heffes, captures the essence of the film and storyline...another stand out is "SPIEQUEL IM SPIEQUEL (EXTRACT)", featuring Arvo Part, who incidently has always been a classical favorite of mine...each cue is worth the price for your every growing collection.

Total Time: 66:00 on 14 Tracks ~ Silva America 1164 ~ (3/08/2005)
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I stumbled upon this quiet little movie and feel like I've discovered a wonderful jewel. I was immediately enamored by the soundtrack and worked hard to purchase it right away. The music along with a few dialogue excerpts communicate much of the emotion and power of the movie. There's one song that was, regrettably, not on the soundtrack but I recommend be added to the CD or your collection: Damien Rice, "Delicate" from the "O" album. The music communicates such a sense of loss and longing while maintaining just enough of a glimmer of hope that you end up feeling alright.

It's a wonderful soundtrack and definitely worth the purchase.
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I have just watched this movie for the third time this year. If this film doesn't do anything for you...you're dead (or at least dead inside). Emily Mortimer...Gerard Butler....Jack McElhone....all fantastic. An incredibly touching and romantic movie. I only wish they had ALL of the movie music in the soundtrack cd. The wonderful ballad written by Buck Owens -"The Great White Horse" added so much to the dance sequence, and the mood of the movie.They didn't give the woman credit who sang the song;I would have even liked Emily's version. What a shame.
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I really loved the movie and especially little Frankie. There where three songs that just stuck in my head for weeks, so I bought the CD... unfortunatly out of the three songs, only one was on the CD... I was alittle dissapointed but overall it is a good CD. I really like Jesse Harris. He is the best on the whole CD.
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The piano concertos in the CD take the listener back to the movie, and thus, back to the depth of raw emotion that one felt while captivated by the movie itself.

The excerpts of dialogue are sparse but effective, and remarkably, the characters come to life through the score.

The rest of the soundtrack contains Scottish inspired music that paints the landscape and sets the scene.

Undoubtedly, a talented and pleasing CD!
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Yes. It is available on a Buck Owens CD entitled Half a Buck. It is a CD of duets. The Great White Horse is sung with Susan Raye. Thankfully, a friend of ours gave us the CD. It is a beautiful song. Hope you can get a copy.
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