Each character also brought new elements to the score as each presented a catalyst or obstacle in Walter's redemption. Tarek was the engaging optimist; his girlfriend was the somber, fearful weight that kept them grounded. Mouna was the determined, unwavering presence that would follow Tarek anywhere. So I took these elements and blended them to create a musical awakening that followed Walter's. The progression went from classical and tragic to lively, hopeful and finally to passionate and alive.
It was really a labor of love. With such a powerful and eclectic film, I found the characters' voices already so strong that it was clear from the start how I wanted to sketch them musically. Like many others, I'm sure, I was pulled in by their story and glad to take part in bringing writer-director Tom McCarthy's vision to life.
-- Jan A.P. Kaczmarek composer