Luscious new film score by Alberto Iglesias (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Constant Gardener, The Kite Runner, La piel que habito) for the adaptation of the popular novel by Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley), directed by Hossein Amini (screenwritter of Drive), and starring Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promise), Kristen Dunst (Spider-Man) and Oscar Isaac (W.E).
The plot is located in 1962, where the American couple Chester MacFarland (Mortensen) and his wife Colette (Dunst) tour Greece and visit the Acropolis of Athens. There, they meet Rydal (Isaac), who works as a tour guide but scams tourists in the process. The MacFarlands invite Rydal to dinner, and Rydal, entranced by the couple’s wealth and beauty, accepts their invitation. While Rydal visits the MacFarlands’ hotel, Chester presses him to help move an unconscious body. Rydal helps, but eventually gets caught up in ensuing events. He also becomes infatuated with Colette and runs the risk of provoking Chester’s ire.
Recorded at Air Studios in London, under the composer’s baton, Iglesias provides a top-notch lyrical, dark and romantic thriller score with intense Herrmannesque touches. A very classy and highly emotional soundtrack that seems written in the old good times.