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Fremde Tochter
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composers: Dürbeck & Dohmen
Label: MovieScore Media
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 23 June 2017

MovieScore Media release Dürbeck & Dohmen's score for Fremde Tochter. The film reflects upon the issues raised by the Muslim minority in Germany and Austria through the story of 17-year-old Lena. Living together with her mother Hannah, the girl often prioritizes her cleaning job over attending school. Once she meets an intern named Farik at her workplace, Lena sees something new - somebody who has aims, goals, a purpose. Also, he happens to be Muslim. Despite initial reservations about each other’s beliefs, Lena and Farid start a relationship - and when she gets pregnant, Lena considers converting to her boyfriend’s faith...

This might well be a fantastically atmospheric, enlightening and even uplifting score when listened to in conjunction with the movie, but listened to outside of the film it was composed for, the score sounds not only a little flat and lifeless, but also rather annoying.

It opens promisingly enough with 'All We Left Behind', which has beautiful vocals and could have been an indie pop song I could have got behind. Sadly, however the strange warbling backing (vocals?) sound makes this a track that instantly turned me off. This strange backing sound makes several returns over the course of this album's 17 tracks (40 min, 42 sec).

Even after a few weeks of listening to this I can't honestly find anything that appealed to me or even grew on me slightly. This is one score that is best left in the movie it was composed for. It's functional background music - nothing more. It's a shame, because I loved their score for The Last Mentsch.


Darren Rea

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