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The title of Marleen Gorris's film (based on Vladimir Nabokov's The
Defense) refers to a chess strategy, and this tale of a socially challenged game
master could be seen as a chess-world parallel to Shine. It's also a grand
showcase for the budding talents of French composer Alexandre Desplat, whose
sprightly, surprising score is one of the film's greatest revelations. Using
spare piano melodies interwoven with a masterful use of the London Symphony
Orchestra, Desplat's score is classically oriented (and is seamlessly augmented
by portions of Shostakovich's Jazz Suite No. 2), yet evokes shifting colors of
modernism, romance, and mystery that keep the listener intrigued. Using a light
melodic touch that can turn darkly enigmatic in a heartbeat, Desplat's work
here often recalls the music of Delerue and Morricone, and hints at great things
to come.

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