Chloe | Mychael Danna
In Canadian director Atom Egoyan’s 2009 remake of the French erotic thriller “Nathalie…” a female gynecologist (Julianne Moore) hires call girl Chloe (Amanda Seyfried) to test her husband’s (Liam Neeson) loyalty, unwittingly inviting an emotional predator into both their lives.
Regular Egoyan collaborator Mychael Danna eschews conventional “thriller” motifs in favor of a more pastoral score, instead emphasizing sparse, seductive, occasionally romantic and almost incidental cues crafted to keep audiences from too easily anticipating the film’s trajectory until it’s sprung on them. Simple tracks like People Like You and I Felt Him suggest a kind of romantic gentility while more rhythmic soft contemporary tracks like Windsor Arms and Conservatory turn the screws on the story’s darker, more suspenseful intentions. Finally, a shift toward minor keys in atonal Hermannesque cues like Don’t Want this to be Over and Told You Not to Call helps complete the narrative and musical odyssey into madness.