La Sorpresa–Review by Soundtrack Geek

La Sorpresa is a 2015 Italian drama film directed by Ivan Polidoro and starring Adriana Caggiano, Mario Ierace and Rocco Fasano. It’s the story of three people and their relationship, unwanted, but necessary. The protagonists are a father, his daughter, and a male nurse. The setting is a city in the south of Italy: Potenza. Following the sudden illness of his father Antonio, the twenty-year-old Adriana is compelled to face reality. She immediately realizes she’s not able to take care of his father because of an unnatural awkwardness. Too many years have passed and too many lies have been told. The score is composed by Kristian Sensini.

I had a hard time finding much official info on this film (that wasn’t in Italian), but I succeeded in the end. Looking forward getting into some Italian drama again. The score opens with ‘Attese’ which means ‘Expectations’, a beautiful piece of music of reflection, slow and longing strings gives it a heavy mood. A bit depressive really, but that’s the main characters state of mind as well. I think it will be one of those scores, where the mood is incredibly important. The first title cue ‘La Sorpresa 1’ is a brilliant minimalistic power piece. It feels strong and wilful in it’s presentation because of it’s theme and choice of instruments which sounds like synth violins.

La Sorpresa is an intimate score. You won’t find a big orchestra here. Usually the music used only a few instruments, but like I always say, it’s not the size, it’s how you use them and Sensini use it well in the beginning. I feel that it gets a bit too simple at times and Im dying for some more, like in the vocal cue ‘Ana Yelena 1’ I need something more. Luckily in ‘Ana Yelena 2’ there’s an underscore and it improves on the original ‘Ana Yelena’ massively. Same thing with ‘Padre’ which features single strokes of cello. Those are not cues that appeal to me. What appealed to me most was the minimalistic main theme. It hit something with me, something that the rest of the music couldn’t match apart from the opening cue ‘Attese’. It’s an enjoyable score overall, but one that also frustrated me a bit because I couldn’t quite get what I wanted, what I hoped for. It’s a score that will probably grow on me though if I am able to play it again at a later time. I hope I do and I bet it will bring back fond memories. What do you think of the score?

1. Attese
2. La Sorpresa 1
8. La Sorpresa 2


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