Felicia’s Journey | Mychael Danna
Score Revolution is congratulating Mychael Danna on his Golden Globe win for his score to Life of Pi!
Canadian auteur Atom Egoyan’s artful 1999 adaptation of William Trevor’s chilling novel – his follow-up to 1997’s award-winning “The Sweet Hereafter” – stars Elaine Cassidy as the eponymous journeyer and Bob Hoskins as the seemingly mild-mannered caterer Joseph Hilditch whose dark past and sinister secrets begin to emerge after a chance encounter between the two.
With the film’s opening Titles track, regular Egoyan composer Mychael Danna underlines and foreshadows the trajectory that will define the film’s titular journey, literally and figuratively. A soaringly soapy ‘60s style “easy listening” introduction with Titles draws viewers into Hoskins’ magical, impossibly genteel world just before a somber coda – featuring a haunting Gaelic vocal – drags them back to discomfiting reality. It’s that reality that dominates the remainder of the score – disharmonious strings, percussion, horns and the same recurring Gaelic vocals that shadow the fragmented mental and emotional state of Hoskins’ Hilditch, the film’s music – like its characters – always on the razor’s edge of madness.