Director Guiseppe Bertolucci is brother to Bernardo, and has worked on many
of his projects. This picture covers a life in 3 stages to tell the complex
love story of Sofia.
Straight away, the Italian tragedy brief ought to put you in mind of the
style of music. Sure enough, there's plenty of guitar, clarinet, and accordion
to satisfy those stereotypical expectations. But the good news is that each
cue is a gentle joy. The main theme "Ellas" is a gorgeous, utterly captivating
life-affirming piece whether in its version with voice or without. This
Mediterranean mood lasts all the way to the surprise tribal coda entitled
"Grano Grano". Up to that point, you'll be yearning for a place in the sun
to drive through.
The only peculiarity stems from this reviewer's unfamiliarity with who Bevano
Est is - a person or group. Next to an overall 'composed by' credit for Est,
each track is credited to another name in brackets. While some of the names
from the album's credits appear, there's also the highly noticeable 'E Bernstein'
credited for "Valse Tragique".
Whatever the story is, this is a lovely album.