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The Lion Woman
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Uno Helmersson
Label: MovieScore Media
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 15 September 2017

Uno Helmersson's original score for The Lion Woman is release by MovieScore Media. The film is based on the 2006 novel by Norwegian author Erik Fosnes Hansen, and tells the tale of Eva Arctander, a girl who suffers from a rare genetic disorder which makes hairs grow over large parts of her body. Born in 1912 while her mother dies during childbirth, Eva’s father initially tries to hide his daughter, but Eva cannot be held back from achieving her dreams. Despite humiliating examinations and bullying, Eva still falls in love, experiences respect and disrespect and discovers company by joining in a theater group featuring other folk who also suffer from rare diseases...

Uno Helmersson delivers an emotionally rewarding score for The Lion Woman. The album contains 25 tracks (57 min, 23 sec) and is a beautiful and subtle affair. It's packed full of melancholic themes as well as heartbreakingly uplifting segments.

It's a score that will emotionally drain the listener and in style it's very similar sounding to Rob Simonsen's work on The Age of Adaline. This is a score you can put on, no matter what you're doing, and let the music wash over you.

It's almost a perfect collection, but if I had one very slight complaint, it's that the themes are a little overused. Once you've listened to it a few times you start to spot how similar it all is. Other than that, this is a wonderfully structured soundtrack.


Darren Rea

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