as long as i live

I watched Small Town Murder Songs on dvd the other night.
The opening scene was thrown out at me with the power of this song.

It is a tremendous, stabbing, alluring opening sequence.
It's the music - definitely - and the slow movement of the camera panning across the shocked expression of a woman's reaction to something that has just happened, that drew me in.
Slow Motion. 

I Love slow motion - particularly when it's lifted and highlighted and intensified with the very direct and pounding gaze of the right Music!

That's how Jane Campion's The Piano got to me.
All the vessels from my heart got vacuumed into every detail of that film.

Small Town Murder Songs, for me, is a film lifted by the soundtrack.
The content lost me a little - but not in a bad way - in a way that a dream does when its focus keeps shifting. You know those dreams that leave you with a strong sense of colour and feeling, faces and moments but leave you unable to describe it.
That's how I experienced this film. I could tell you what it is about but my re-telling would be without conviction or certainty.
I could absolutely tell you how it feels....
And it smells - like this:


  1. music is always an essential part of a movie...
    i need to watch this one!

  2. I've never heard of the film, but it sounds very interesting. I'll have to check it out. It's amazing how much effects music has on us. How powerful it is as setting the scene.

    Smells like that? That's a fantastic smell. :)

  3. thanks for commenting on my blog! Sounds like a good movie...the kind that give you a little chill. :)

  4. What a great description of a film! The moss covered wood smell is very clear to me, and makes me want to watch the movie (but maybe only under the covers with my sweetie!) :)

  5. I've not heard of the movie, but will have to keep an eye out. Music has become such a big part of my life, I'm always looking out for new sounds. Thanks for sharing.

  6. This review has intrigued me. I've never heard of it but I know those types of dreams and I often obsess over them. And if the soundtrack is wonderful I'm definitely in for a viewing (soundtracks are a major love of mine).

    The Piano, by the way, has one of my favorite soundtracks. And the film captured my heart and mind and refused to let go.

  7. wow. this song is gorgeous! thank you for sharing, adding it to my list of faves on youtube now :)

  8. Wow, I see what you mean by the song--cool... I just added that movie to my DVD queue...thanks for sharing!!!

  9. I just watched the trailer and it looks like a very intense movie. I really like that song.

    Camila Faria

  10. got me intrigued here.
    i feel like watching it!
    have a great weekend.

  11. I love that last photo, it is beautiful. The first one I find a little too creepy for me . .


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