December 2004 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Gary S. Dalkin
Managing Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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Dear Frankie  
Music composed by Alex Heffes
  Featuring songs performed by Clarksville, Obi and Jesse Harris
  Available on Silva Screen SILCD1164
Running Time: 38.28
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dear frankie

Dear Frankie appears to be a gentle romantic comedy that has gathered a clutch of prizes at international film festivals. The story is of a single parent bringing up a small boy. His mother is continually on the run from his father. She writes make-believe letters for her son, purportedly letters from his father.

Heffe's music is warm and lyrical, wistful and fragile in response to the storyline as it touches on Frankie's dream world and his long-distance relationship with his father, and the real world of survival at school and home. It is scored for small forces with piano and guitar prominent. The music meanders softly and gently without really stating a very definite theme. It is all very pleasant, amiable and professional but we have heard too many scores like it; there is very little that is original.

The songs are amiable too: 'Everyone will have their day' and 'Reprise' are performed by Clarkville, 'Leave these shores' by Obi and 'Secret Sun' by Jesse Harris.

Likeable but rather routine wistful romantic score for this family drama.

Ian Lace

*** 3

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