Title - 'Suffragette' [OST]
Artist - Alexandre Desplat
This enthralling, gritty film, 'Suffragette,' tells the story of foot soldiers of the early feminist movement; women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State.
Ergo, 'Suffragette' is a 2015 British historical period drama directed by Sarah Gavron and written by Abi Morgan. The film stars Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson and Anne-Marie Duff.
Alexandre Michel Gérard Desplat is a French film composer. He has won one Academy Award for his soundtrack to the film The Grand Budapest Hotel, and received seven additional Academy Award nominations, seven BAFTA nominations (winning two), seven Golden Globe Award nominations (winning one), and six Grammy nominations (winning two).
Having worked on a variety of Hollywood films, including independent and commercial successes like The Queen, The Golden Compass, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2, Desplatmnow finds himself orchestrating yet another well-crafted, well-made and well-done body of soundtrack score art.
2. An Army
12. Child Taken
13. Votes for Women
14. Dreaming of Equality
15. Epsom Derby
With the 'Suffragette' score being produced by Dominique "Solrey" Lemonnier, some might think that the grit of the film's subject matter would be too much for the musical styling of the violinist. But they would be wrong, for together with Lemmonier, once again Desplat engineers another exceptional artistic exchange. They first met during the recording of Desplat's first feature film, but this has to be one of the first times where the pupil has matched, if not bettered, the master.
The soundtrack score begins gently, with a heartbeat intro to the title track. A slowly building, gradually rising track, it is steeped with a subtle fist in the air, albeit whispered dominance. The lighter fare of 'An Army' - a track that also has its stern moments - is followed by the stoic pairing of both 'Beaten' and then 'Hope,' which in turn are backed by both the almost-silently (at the start) defiant, 'Demonstration' and then 'Abuse.'
The building violin of Lemonnier is as precious as it could possibly be on the stunning, gently upbeat 'Surveillance,' and that is followed by both the haunting piano keys of 'Prison,' and then the sterner 'Force-Fed.' The piano once again comes to the distant fore on 'Bombings,' and is backed by both 'Plotting' and the hauntingly desperate musical broaching of 'Child Taken.'
The slightly more upbeat musical chants of 'Votes For Women,' complete with those lightly drummed "heartbeats" first heard at the beginning of the score, is next, and for my money, one of the highlights of this gloriously constructed, expertly sequenced soundtrack. That's backed by 'Dreaming Of Equality,' before the soundtrack rounds out with both the subtle wavy bounce of 'Epsom Derby' and then, finally, the very short 'Legacy.'