MovieScore Media’s recent string of French releases is expanded with Raphaël Dargent’s intimate minimalist score for the Frecnh indie drama L’instant présent by writer/director/actor Florian Hessique. After a fall from a horse that leaves him in a coma for almost ten years, Joshua (Hessique) returns to the stables he knew so well. Though he is welcomed by Mario (Martin Lamotte) and Alice (Alice Raucoules), he recognizes neither of them. During the day, they will try to bring back some memories in the head of the man they were so close to, but has turned into a complete stranger following the accident.
“What if I was given an orchestra to write music for a carousel? What would that sound like?” ponders composer PHAR aka Raphaël Dargent. “That was the underlying concept behind the score for L'Instant Présent. The idea came naturally as horse riding is a core theme of the movie. In addition, composing music that conveys the idea of an infinite circle felt like a great fit with the narrative structure. I chose an orchestra with very little brass and arranged the music to make it feel reminiscent of childhood, with subtle and light hearted textures. It was the best way to embrace the naivety and nostalgia that the director was looking for.”
Raphaël Dargent (PHAR) graduated from the USC Screen Scoring master program for which he received the Harry Warren Scholarship. He was also admitted into the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. He has scored over 20 feature and documentary shorts in the past five years with L’instant présent marking his feature film debut.
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