- The Lost Child (2000) [TV Movie]
Review: Lost Child, The
3.5 / 5 Stars
The Lost Child tells the story of a Navajo girl, Rebecca, who was separated at birth and brought up in a Jewish family outside the reservation. After the death of her adoptive mother, she goes on a search for her roots, which leads her back to her true family. This is only to say that after this searching, Rebecca finds that blending her upbringing with her new found origins into her life is hard and tenuous at best. Marks score for the film underscores the tender moments with amazing feeling and presence. The selection of The Northwest Sinfonia to perform this is also a mark of musical quality. With such great performances on The Arrival, Incognito and Snow White: Tale of Terror to their name, one would guess that the musicianship here is pure and good. Overall, for strictly soothing music, this score hits the nail on the head. Even during the "tense" moments, the score has a level of peacefulness that many composers forget that they can use to illustrate inner tension and conflict.
With his excellent use of woodwinds and guitar, Mark also is able to blend western "orchestral" music with the "ethnic" melodies of native America perfectly. The suite of music presented at the beginning of the album is an excellent opening for the CD, summing up the major themes and passages that are in the full score. Alone, I would place this on a mix or compilation collection of themes from some of the better music of the year. This cue would accompany, hopefully, some of Chris Youngs work on Wonder Boys and The Big Kahuna and, oddly enough, Carter Burwells work on What Planet Are You From. One would like to see that if enough film and T.V. executives stay home on Sundays to catch some of these telefilms, that eventually more composers like Mr. McKenzie will become mainstream nods for scoring bigger projects. Personally, Id like to hear the futures replacements for John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith, and I think we have a contender here on our hands.
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