The 1981 Jean-Jacques Beineix film Diva is a dizzying cornucopia of delights, with a strong sense of urban cool and a cast of characters whose alternating detachments and obsessions hint at the legacy of pain and loneliness that helped form them. Its score, composed by Vladimir Cosma, is inseparable from the film, which, after all, is about music itself, and the ways that it links to desire and longing. From the beautiful arias of Wilhemina Wiggins Fernandez (who plays an opera singer in the film) to the eerie, achingly beautiful instrumental pieces composed by Cosma to set the mood for images of rain-slicked streets, Taiwanese music pirates, teenaged Vietnamese thieves, jaded middle-aged art sages, motorbikes and car chases, the score for Diva remains one of Cosma's masterpieces, a perfect companion to a film that became an international underground hit.
Intouchables is the official soundtrack to the Oliver Nakache/Eric Toledano-directed comedy-drama based on the true-story relationship between rich quadraplegic Philippe (François Cluzet) and his ex-prisoner hired help Driss (Omar Sy). Its 15 tracks contain snippets of dialogue from the film alongside several instrumentals from Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi ("Fly," "Writing Poems," "Una Mattina"), Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Violins/String Orchestra Op. 3, No. 8, and classic songs from George Benson ("The Ghetto"), Nina Simone ("Feeling Good"), and Terry Callier ("You're Goin' Miss Your Candyman") that are featured prominently in the Tokyo International Film Festival award winner.