Sleep Tight: Interview with Lucas Vidal

Escrito por Rubén Franco, el 7 diciembre 2011 | Publicado en Compositores, General

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I am a fan of fantastic and terror movies, but in Spain, I had not been captivated for genre until these last years, and to be completely honest, with two directors named Jaume Balagueró and Alejandro Amenabar, who have demonstrated quality and craft to offer products beyond the typical and topic movies of years ago.

I would add proposals so interesting like The Orphanage of Juan Antonio Bayona, or some movies of Alex de la Iglesia (like The Day of the Beast), although maybe, if we’re talking about horror and suspense, I chose the films of Jaume Balagueró and Alejandro Amenabar; they’re easily exportable products out of our country (in fact, we have the case of remakes in USA of Spanish sucessess like Rec or Abre los Ojos, films of both directors).

Sleep Tight – The Movie

From the hands of Jaume Balagueró comes this fantastic thriller (with hints of terror) called Mientras Duermes (Sleep Tight, 2011), where we have a psychotic and obsessive community porter named César (an incredible Luis Tosar’s performance, as always). He has been weaving a real web to wrap his loved Clara (an excellent and beautiful Marta Etura), with the objective of achieving her love, but it will be too complicated, especially when her boyfriend (a boy named Mark, interpreted by Alberto San Juan), returns to visit her from his job in New York.

With this emotional (and false) triangle forming in the mind of César, his plan to get Clara will be complicated (apparently), emptying in a spiral of violence that reached a really dramatic final climax.

While Rec and Fragiles (Fragile) films are really well, Sleep Tight is the best film of Jaume Balagueró from his tow first films, Los Sin Nombre and Darkness (in my humble opinion).

The performances are excellent, with a good job of directing actors, which highlights Luis Tosar (he deserves a nomination for the Goya awards) and Marta Etura, the besieged girl (curiously, the couple of Luis Tosar in the real life).

And also include second-line players such the odious Clara’s neighbor (a repellent girl, a character which caused animosity, empathizing with Cesar) or the argentine actor Carlos Lasarte (presented in many films of Jaume Balagueró), always looking for problems to César.

The script is perfectly executed, and the situations and resolutions are consistent and logical, with a final climax really satisfying.

And one of the best elements of the film (essential) is the score of Lucas Vidal, who composes a compelling and tight score, with a central motif full of melancholy and dramatic elements, displaying an excellent use of tension music, including excellent resources of electronic music.

Sleep Tight – The Score

The score is built primarily on a principal leitmotif dedicated to the character of César, where the strings (especially violins) and piano build a beautiful, delicate and melancholy motive for the community porter, reflecting a semblance of normalcy in the daily routine of the character, but always from a nostalgic tone.

This leitmotif becomes the central axis of the score, being developed and integrated into more melodic or dramatic passages, as corresponds to the plot of the film, reaching heights master at the time of Caesar’s apparent failure, or the final climax of the film, which highlights the fantastic final coda, a wonderful end titles which emerge the sound of cellos in advance of the main leitmotif, played by the strings and glonckenspiel, with a haunting closing through a the sound of a figurations of violins.

Lucas Vidal also uses musical figures so skilful to introduce tension and accompany the misdeeds, harassments and night raids of César, with the orchestra (especially violins, piano, harp and percussion) and the emergence of electronic sounds (even hum or distortions). The mix of both elements also serve to more tense scenes of César, as the unexpected arrival of Clara with her boyfriend Mark, or the subsequent flight of César from Clara’s floor, where the composer shines intensely, offering a very tense and dynamic passage.

At finally, note a wonderful and heroic motif, intended for small personal successes of César, present at the excellent scene of the cockroaches, where Lucas Vidal offers a large symphonic piece of music with a minimalist touch. String instruments (violins and cellos) are split into two layers or sections (one with wonderful spicattos as ostinato, the another one playing and carrying the melody), with the appearance of flutes and the sound of the glockenspiel to garnish the final set.

In summary, an excellent job of apparent and subtle accompaniment that enhances and strengthens the strange empathy that sometimes we feel towards César. In my opinion, one of the most outstanding of 2011, with national flavor.

The Lucas Vidal’s Score was nominated to the Jerry Goldsmith Awards of 2011, in the VII International Film Music Festival – Ciudad de Úbeda.

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