This is a film document of the last years of Michel Goullioud, a brilliant geophysicist and friend of mine. The film was made by his partner Patrice Regnier, a choreographer I've worked with and known for many years. It covers their time together from his diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis through his death several years later.
The film abjures a "message" as it contemplates issues of sacrifice, love, dignity of spirit in the face of physical decay.
The score attempts to achieve lyricism through pattern and structure rather than melody - for the most part.
“I really want to be able to die as comfortably as possible, but also with maybe a touch of elegance if I can ...”
– Michel Gouilloud
Directed by Patrice Regnier and Jean-Bernard Andro
Composed and Orchestrated by Carter Burwell
Engineer: Dean Parker
Performed by Carter Burwell, Bohdan Hilash, Felix Fan
Recorded and Mixed at The Body Studio
Released in 2012
Here are excerpts from the score.