Mica Levi – Vanity (from the soundtrack of the film Jackie, Milan)

From an intense and chilling piece of filmmaking, this soundtrack by Mica Levi is a beautiful low key accompaniment.

In particular this track which features an ingenious contrast between the gravity and density of the strings - long and sombre - and the weightlessness of the flute part, the levity even.

The subsequent wrongfooting effect places your emotions in line with your reaction to the film’s main character, caught between admiration at her fortitude, sympathy at her terrible plight (in the spotlight covered in her husband’s blood) and some kind of distaste at her apparent vanity.

A masterful piece of work.

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