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Seven: Sin and Redemption

Directed by David Fincher and excellently rendered by top brass actors – Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey and Brad Pitt, this movie show cases not just the underbelly of an American metropolis but also the ugly underbelly of the human mind.

Somerset (Freeman) is a seasoned detective who has seen too much of the dark side of the human nature, and while he’s the best in his field he still regrets the many murders that went unpunished. Mills (Pitt) is a passionate and enthusiastic detective who is not aware of how easily the psychopath, John Doe (Spacey), can manipulate his emotions.

Many people may find this movie too graphic for their taste. It however  has some very insightful dialogues on the human condition and urban crime in an American metropolitan city, the name of which is not specified in the movie, but appears to be New York.

The name of the film is derived from the seven deadly or cardinal sins according to popular Christian beliefs prevailing in the fourth century AD. They are  pride, greed, lust, envy, sloth, wrath and gluttony.


seven_2John Doe:…..We see a deadly sin on every street corner, in every home, and we tolerate it. We tolerate it because it’s common, it’s trivial. We tolerate it morning, noon, and night. Well, not anymore. I’m setting the example. What I’ve done is going to be puzzled over and studied and followed… forever.



seven_11William Somerset: David. If you kill him, he will win.



seven_5William Somerset: I just don’t think I can continue to live in a place that embraces and nurtures apathy as if it was virtue.

David Mills: You’re no different. You’re no better.

William Somerset: I didn’t say I was different or better. I’m not. Hell, I sympathize; I sympathize completely. Apathy is the solution. I mean, it’s easier to lose yourself in drugs than it is to cope with life. It’s easier to steal what you want than it is to earn it. It’s easier to beat a child than it is to raise it. Hell, love costs: it takes effort and work.



seven_6John Doe: What sick ridiculous puppets we are / and what gross little stage we dance on  / Not a care in the world / Not knowing that we are nothing / We are not what was intended.



seven_7Dr. Beardsley: He’s experienced about as much pain and suffering as anyone I’ve encountered, give or take, and he still has Hell to look forward to.


seven_18William Somerset:  [Reading from one of John Doe’s journals] On the subway today, a man came up to me to start a conversation. He made small talk, a lonely man talking about the weather and other things. I tried to be pleasant and accommodating, but my head hurt from his banality. I almost didn’t notice it had happened, but I suddenly threw up all over him. He was not pleased, and I couldn’t stop laughing.




seven_9David Mills: Yeah, a landlord’s dream: a paralyzed tenant with no tongue.

William SomersetWho pays the rent on time.



seven_10William Somerset: But you gotta be a, a hero. You want to be a champion. Well, let me tell you. People don’t want a champion. They want to eat cheeseburgers, play the lotto and watch television.


seven_12William Somerset: It’s impressive to see a man feeding off his emotions.


seven_13William Somerset: Hemingway once wrote, “The world’s a fine place and worth fighting for.” I agree with the second part.



seven_14William Somerset: Gentlemen, gentlemen… I’ll never understand. All these books, a world of knowledge at your fingertips. What do you do? You play poker all night.

Library Guard: Hey! We’ve got culture! We’ve got culture comin’ out our ass!

Library Night Guard: [turns on classical music] How’s this for culture?



seven_17Somerset : I wish I still thought the way you do.

Mills : Why don’t you tell me what the hell it is you think we’re doing?

Somerset : Picking up the pieces. We’re collecting all the evidence, taking all the pictures and samples, writing everything down, noting the time things happen.

Mills : That’s all ?

Somerset : That’s all. Putting everything into neat little piles and filing it away on the off chance that it will ever be needed in the courtroom. Picking up diamonds on a deserted island, saving them in case we get rescued.

Mills : Bullshit.

Somerset : Even the most promising clues usually only lead to others. So many corpses roll away unrevenged.


seven_8John Doe: People will barely be able to comprehend it, but they won’t be able to deny it.


And finally the classic library scene where Somerset is in the library going through Dante’s  Purgatory while Mills is at home,  going through the case files and brutally graphic photos of John Doe’s murdered victims.  In stark contrast you have the beautiful composition – Bach’s Air on The G String record playing. There is pathos, sadness, violence, anguish and agony of the human condition.

The Intouchables: ‘You can’t give up, you’re still alive…’


‘The Intouchables’ tells the  story of a wealthy, physically disabled French aristocrat, , who has lost his wife in an accident and whose world is turned upside down when he hires a young, good-humored, black Muslim ex-con as his caretaker. Their bond proves the power and omniscience that love and friendship can hold over all social and economic differences.

Besides the heart wrenching story-line, the movie is remarkable for its sound tracks ranging from soft sensitive melodies to jazz and pop bringing out the exuberance and joy of a life fully lived.


The piano recitals by the great Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi adds a touch of pathos to the story line, especially ‘Fly’ and Una Mattina:

The Boogie Wonderland song to which Eddy dances to in this movie is by the 70’s Afro-American group – Earth Wind and Fire which was described by Rolling Stones as the band that   “changed the sound of black pop”:

Another remarkable song is Feeling Good by Nina Simone. Besides ‘The Intouchable’ this song has been used as a background score for many Hollywood movies and T.V. shows including ‘Point of No Return’, and ‘Person of Interest’:

Feeling Good (Lyrics)

Birds flying high you know how I feel
Sun in the sky you know how I feel
Breeze driftin’ on by you know how I feel.It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life for me yeah

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me
And I’m feeling good

Fish in the sea you know how I feel
River running free you know how I feel
Blossom on the tree you know how I feel

It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
For me
And I’m feeling good

Dragonfly out in the sun you know what I mean, don’t you know
Butterflies all havin’ fun you know what I mean
Sleep in peace when day is done that’s what I mean
And this old world is a new world
And a bold world for me

Stars when you shine you know how I feel
Scent of the pine you know how I feel
Oh freedom is mine
And I know how I feel

It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
For me

And I’m feeling good.


However, one of my favorite songs from this movie  is ‘Red Lights’ by Vib Gyor. it’s lyrics are as follows:

Red Lights (Lyrics)

Called out loud
Black smoke pours out
Cars slow down

Called out loud
Black smoke pours out
Cars slow down
Red light no soundCrawl your way out of here
I’m watching over you
Should have slowed
I’m hit, it’s my fault
The fog came out of nowhere
I never saw it coming

If you’d only hold on
There’s a way of letting go
You can start again
If you’d only hold on
There’s a way I’m letting go
Won’t go through it again

You’re cold & so am I
You can’t give up, you’re still alive
And now you’re all that I’ve got
So stay calm it won’t be long

If you’d only hold on
There’s no way I’m letting go
We can start again
If you’d only hold on
There’s no way I’m letting go

I don’t know which way I’m going… (Won’t go through it again)

Do you think about me now?

The Soulful Agonizing Song in ‘The Mist’

Lisa Gerard, courtesy Wikipedia
Lisa Gerard, courtesy Wikipedia

This is another movie to which Lisa Gerrard of the famed ‘Dead Can Dance’ group lent her haunting voice.Lisa Gerrard (born 12 April 1961) is an Australian musician, singer and composer who became famous as part of the music group Dead Can Dance with her music partner Brendan Perry. She has lent her soulful voice to many block busters like ‘Gladiater’, ‘Heat’, ‘Black Hawk Dawn’ and many more. Lisa has sung many of her songs in idioglossia, an invented language of her own.

The music of ‘The Mist’ is composed by none other than Mark Isham who also composed the sound track for ‘Crash’. Mark Ware Isham (born September 7, 1951) is an American trumpeter and film composer. He works in a variety of genres, including jazz, electronic and film. He is responsible for contributing the scores of nearly one hundred films. The song is played in the climax scene towards the end of the film, when the protagonist, David,  shoots his son and three friends to save them from an agonizing death by the alien monsters, only to discover minutes later that a massive rescue operation was on its way and they all would have been saved….


MAN ON FIRE: Because in your eyes are my wings…..


This movie is set in Mexico where kidnapping of children from rich families for a hefty ransom is of common occurrence. In this backdrop of a  crime ridden society of thugs and corrupt cops blossoms a very beautiful bond between a little girl, superbly portrayed by Dakota Fanning and her body guard, played by Denzel Washington,who is really good at playing  complex characters with suppressed emotions.

One of my favorite songs, among many in this movie, is Una Palabra. It is written and performed

by the Cuban singer, Carlos Valera who at one time was a part of Nueva Trova musical movement, a political and poetic musical genre connected with the Cuban Revolution. The songs and its lyrics touch a myriad of human emotions:

Una palabra no dice nada
y al mismo tiempo lo esconde todo
igual que el viento que esconde el agua
como las flores que esconde el lodo.

Una mirada no dice nada
y al mismo tiempo lo dice todo
como la lluvia sobre tu cara
o el viejo mapa de algun tesoro.

Una verdad no dice nada
y al mismo tiempo lo esconde todo
como una hoguera que no se apaga
como una piedra que nace polvo.

Si un dia me faltas no sere nada
y al mismo tiempo lo sere todo
porque en tus ojos estan mis alas
y esta la orilla donde me ahogo,
porque en tus ojos estan mis alas
y esta la orilla donde me ahogo.


A word does not say anything
And at the same time it hides everything
Just as the wind that hides the water
Like the flowers that mud hides.

A glance does not say anything
And at the same time it says everything
Like rain on your face
Or an old treasure map

A truth does not say anything
And at the same time it hides everything
Like a bonfire that does not go out
Like a stone that is born dust.

If one day you need me, I will be nothing
And at the same time I will be everything
Because in your eyes are my wings
And the shore where I drown,
Because in your eyes are my wings
And the shore where I drown

Another beautiful song sung by Australia based Irish singer, Lisa Gerrard in her haunting voice is called ‘Coming Home‘. She is the same singer who sang ‘Now we are Free’ in the film ‘Gladiator’. I was unable to find the lyrics of this song, but as they say, the language of music needs no translation:

And finally a  Mexican/Spanish song by Gabriel Gonzales and written by Meri Gavin called ‘ Angel Vengador‘, I presume it means, the avenging angel. The lyrics go something like this:

I am all alone and lost,

and to ease the pain i curse them one by one (uno a uno los maldigo),

I am an avenging angel.

Pride: Beautiful Song About Oppression and the Undying Human Spirit

The back drop is a mining village in Wales in the year 1984.This movie is the story about a  unique alliance between gay and lesbian activists and a mining community on a lengthy strike and their    fight against oppression and prejudice of the Thatcher government, police and orthodox society. This movie is loosely based on real life event.

There is a very moving song in the movie : at a community gathering of miners and their families titled’ Bread and Roses’, taken from a poem with similar title by James Oppenheim.

Its lyrics are as follows:

As we come marching, marching in the beauty of the day,
A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray,
Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses,
For the people hear us singing: “Bread and roses! Bread and roses!”

As we come marching, marching, we battle too for men,
For they are women’s children, and we mother them again.
Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes;
Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses!

As we come marching, marching, unnumbered women dead
Go crying through our singing their ancient cry for bread.
Small art and love and beauty their drudging spirits knew.
Yes, it is bread we fight for—but we fight for roses, too!

As we come marching, marching, we bring the greater days.
The rising of the women means the rising of the race.
No more the drudge and idler—ten that toil where one reposes,
But a sharing of life’s glories: Bread and roses! Bread and roses!

Incidentally, the leading female Welsh singer, Bronwen who sang this song was actually rejected by the judges of the popular music reality show, ‘The Voice’, UK, but she found well deserved fame in this film.

The macabre yet fascinating world of Edgar Allan Poe in ‘The Raven’

This American mystery thriller film directed by James McTeigue deals with the subconscious fascinations of the human psyche. The  screenplay is by Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare.[5] It stars John Cusack, Alice Eve,Brendan Gleeson and Luke Evans.

The movie opens with the following title card:

On October 7, 1849, Edgar Allan Poe was found, near death, on a park bench in Baltimore, Maryland. The last days of his life remain a mystery.

Set in 1849, it is a fictionalized account of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe‘s life, in which Poe along with a police detective  tries to track down a serial killer whose murders mirror those in Poe’s stories. While the plot of the film is fictional, it is inspired by  some accounts of real situations surrounding Edgar Allan Poe’s mysterious death. Poe is said to have repeatedly called out the name “Reynolds” on the night before his death, Nobody could figure out to  whom he was referring. The title of the movie derives from Poe’s poem “The Raven“, This poem is based on an hypnogogic experience that Poe had in real life while he was mourning the demise of his lost love – Lenore.


The following is my favorite extract from the poem Raven:

……...Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before;
But the silence was unbroken, and the darkness gave no token,
And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, `Lenore!’
This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, `Lenore!’
Merely this and nothing more.


John Cussak, as Poe  is shown reciting the  following extract from the same poem  in the movie:

…..And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted – nevermore!


On another occasion Poe is shown writing down the following account describing slow suffocation of his lover, Emily:

 Her innocence was the first part of her soul to die.

And while it happened, he stood still watching to fully enjoy the dreadful metamorphosis from a life full of hope to death without purpose.

The gossamer white of bone was now visible beneath the tattered meat of her fingertips,as Emily clawed madly at the wooden slats of her coffin, a desperate, drowning animal.

The dirt rose around her, the inescapable sand of an hourglass, as her final breath of air slipped her into the twilight of consciousness until. He knew now that all hope was lost. 

He had failed his beloved, and there was one last thing left to do.

One last act. “A final desperate plea: one life offered for another’s.” 

 “Poe could feel the poison already feeding on his blood, “as the maggots were soon to do.”


In the movie his  editor, Maddux, had the following to say about Poe:

” I believe that God gave him a spark of genius and quenched it in misery. But as far as something like this… The only thing he’s ever killed is a bottle of brandy.”


In one of the scenes, while narrating the death of his wife and the effect it had on him, Poe says:

“the dark and morbid melancholy that has followed me like a black dog all my life.”


In a pub scene where Poe is desperate for a drink he says:

“What brandy cannot cure  has no cure.”


In the last scene where Poe is shown to be breathing his last, his following quote is heard in the background:

Take this kiss upon the brow!

And, in parting from you now

Thus much let me avow

You are not wrong, who deem

All that we see or seem

Is but a dream within a dream.


Finally the soundtrack of the movie, Burn My Shadow’, is performed by Unkle featuring Ian Astbury is equally dark and morbid:

I have burned my tomorrows
And I stand inside today
At the edge of the future
And my dreams all fade away

I have burned my tomorrows
And I stand inside today
At the edge of the future
And my dreams all fade away

And burn my shadow away
And burn my shadow away

I faced my destroyer
I was ambushed by a lie
And you judged me once for falling
This wounded heart will rise

And burn my shadow away
And burn my shadow away

When I see the light
True love forever
When I see the light
True love forever
When I see the light
True love forever
When I see the light
True love forever

When I see the light
True love forever (burn my shadow)
When I see the light
True love forever
When I see the light
True love forever (burn my shadow)
When I see the light
True love forever (away)

And burn my shadow away
And burn my shadow away

Oh, how I loved you


The Kite Runner is a 2007 American drama film directed by Marc Forster based on the novel of the same name by Khaled Hosseini. It tells the story of Amir, a well-to-do boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul, who is tormented by the guilt of abandoning his friend Hassan, the son of his father’s Hazara servant. The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of the monarchy in Afghanistan through the Soviet military intervention, the mass exodus of Afghan refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the Taliban regime.

kite 2

Besides other things, this movie succeeded in bringing  beautiful Afghani music to the world. Following are some of my favourite songs in the movie.

Tanha Shodam Tanha – Ahmad Zahir 

The song being played live by a band during Amir’s birthday party is “Tanha Shudham Tanha”, composed by the Afghan musician and singer Ahmad Zahir, for his 1971 album Lylee. This song is in Daree- is a  Persian dialects spoken in Afghanistan.

Ahmad Zahir (1946 – 1979), was an Afghan singer, songwriter and composer. A celebrity of enduring popularity more than a quarter century after his controversial death, he is considered an icon of Afghan culture. Ahmad Zahir’s fame has surpassed any previous singer in Afghanistan’s history, earning him the title of Afghanistan’s Nightingale. His status, as a pop singer, has been unrivalled even 27 years after his death (as of 2006). Posthumously granted the status of a luminary, his songs serve to this day as voice and music training lessons for aspiring singers.

Tanha shodam tanha
Asooda az ghawgha shodam
Az bas ke khordam khoon-e dil
Chun ghoncha az ham shodam

Baaz ast dar-haye qafaz – ay morgh-e dil parwaz kon – gulha ke een gulzar raa

Man aashiq tanhayee am – khod mahram-e raaz-e khodam – ba naghma pardazan bego

Tanha shodam tanha
Asooda az ghawgha shodam
Az bas ke khordam khoon-e dil
Chun ghoncha az ham shodam

Baaz ast dar-haye qafaz – ay morgh-e dil parwaz kon – gulha ke een gulzar raa

Man aashiq tanhayee am – khod mahram-e raaz-e khodam – ba naghma pardazan bego

English translation:

I’m left alone…alone————-

I’m left alone, alone(literally, I am left  alone, alone)
I’m left relieved of any chaos(literally:i got/became relieved from all this riot)
So much i took this pain that(literally:so much i drank my heart’s blood that(it’s a kind of a proverb in middle east/South Asian Urdu  speakers for expressing being in pain or bearing the pain like: khon-e dil/khon-e jigar))
I started to develop like a flower bud(literally: i blossomed like a new-born flower(a red flower from the blood been drunk))

The cage is open———Fly O bird of my heart(imagination)(literally: the cage doors are open–o bird of my heart fly(imagination))
There are lots of flowers in this flower field(rose garden)———but I’m in love with my privacy(literally: the flower field is full of flower–i love the privacy)
I’m confidant to my own secrets————-Go tell musicians(literally: myself am confidant


Man Randa Ze Maikhana/Az man begorezed  – Ahmad Zahir

Man randa ze maikhana ham, az man begorezed
Sargashta cho paymana ham, az man begurezed

Bar zahire abade man omid mabanded
Man khana-e wairana ham az man begorezed

Man randa ze maikhana ham, az man begorezed
Sargashta cho paymana ham, az man begurezed

Aan seele jonoonam ke bar janamada az khud
Buniadgare kashana ham az man begorezed

Man randa ze maikhana ham, az man begorezed
Sargashta cho paymana ham, az man begurezed


Yaad-e Rozgaar-e Shereen – Ahmad Zahir

Yaade rozgaare shereen, khaterat-e ishq-e dereen
Yaad-e bosahay-e garmat, aan laban-e namakin

Saram dar aghosh-e garmat, labam Bar laban-e narmat
Dar sokoot-e neema shabha, baa omed o arezo ha

Gofti agar bahar ayad, gol o sunbul baaz ayad
Bare deegar ze man khwah, ishq dereen khod raa

Duk Duk – Fawad Ramiz

Dilem duk duk mokona
Dilem duk duk mokona yaar miaya
Basey sawda soy-e bazaar miaya
Basey sawda miaya rash’i doora
Qaishi bashom ke as Auw’shaar miaya

Ba desta-ye Fatima desband-e mora
Qate dilbar begardom joora joora
Qate dilbar begardom joora hursu
Ke’ naila ta ba dil’e azma boora

Tapisha-e dilom az hejr-e yaara
Ba harjaa dilbarad dil ra qaraara
Borom as paishiki kasta shinaya
Ki aashiqa-e dilbar be shomara

When Amir is looking for his nephew in the mosque and turns to God on not finding the boy, the following prayer is played in the background.:

Sami Yusuf – Supplication song & lyrics

Written by Sami Yusuf and Bara Kherigi

Allahumma salli ‘ala,
Muhammadin an-Nabiyyi al-ummiyyi,
Wa ‘ala alihi wa sahbihi wa sallim.
(O Allah, send your peace and blessings upon our Master Muhammad, the Unlettered Prophet, and upon his family and companions.)
O My Lord,
My sins are like
The highest mountain;
My good deeds
Are very few
They’re like a small pebble.
I turn to You
My heart full of shame,
My eyes full of tears.
Bestow Your
Forgiveness and Mercy
Upon me.
Ya Allah,
Send your peace and blessings
On the Final Prophet,
And his family,
And companions,
And those who follow him.

Omaid -e Man

This very tender song is played during Amir’s wedding. It is a song about love and hope. Its English title is The Rest of my Life:

This song is written and sung by Ehsan Aman, a singer from Afghanistan. The lyrics of this song are as follows:

ay chasmaye noor   khorshide man

zohra wo parween      omidey man
zohra wo parween      omidey man
tui tajala ye kahkashanha
abo shoran sad baharan
ghazale chasme mai feroshad
me sarayad me sarayad
aahangey eshqey por khoroshad 
           A#                A
me sarayad me sarayad



The haunting Pulaar song in ‘Black Hawk Down’


This movie directed by Ridley Scott, is based in war-torn and famine ravaged Somalia where over 300,000 civilians have died and a large  United Nations peacekeeping operation were operating. With the bulk of the peacekeepers withdrawn by 1993, the Somali militia have declared war on the remaining UN personnel. In response, United States Army Rangers, Delta Force, and 160th SOAR are sent to Somalia to capture Mohammed Farrah Aidid, self-proclaimed president of the country.The movie begins with a heart wrenching song titled ‘Hunger’ in Pulaar language. This language is spoken in the Senegal river valley, Mauritania, Gambia and Mali. This song is sung by a Senegalese singer,  Baaba Maal.


Peace is a long time coming
Peace is my prayer for this earth
Bloodshed grows on this earth
Famine is everywhere
And life is getting harder

Let’s wake up, all together
And take action before it’s too late
Bloodshed grows, famine increases
Sons of the earth must rise up together
To prevent this before it’s too late

Life is getting harder on earth
Bloodshed grows and hunger is upon us
It’s late, in the night, the stars sparkle
I wake up suddenly because I cannot sleep
So much I am suffering for humanity.

Baaba sings primarily in Pulaar and is the foremost promoter of the traditions of the Pulaar-speaking peoples who live on either side of the Senegal River in the ancient Senegalese kingdom of Futa Tooro.


The movie opens with a quote from Plato: “Only the dead have seen an end to war.” An earlier cut of the movie opened with a quote from T.S. Eliot: “All our ignorance brings us closer to death.”

 Apparently Plato never quoted “Only the dead have seen the end of war.” It is attributed to Plato, but actually written by George Santayana in his book ‘The Life of Reason.’ It was first misquoted in one of retired general Douglas MacArthur’s farewell speeches and then crept into popular use.


Beautiful Bulgarian folk song in ‘Hummingbird’ (also known as ‘Redemption’)


This British production directed by Steven Knight  is about a  homeless ex-special forces soldier who is   on the run from a military court martial.  He is psychologically disturbed, and while navigating London’s criminal underworld seizes an opportunity to assume another man’s identity — transforming into an avenging angel in the process. He meets up with a nun and the two develop a special bond – both looking for redemption in each other…..

There is a beautiful Bulgarian folk song called Malka Moma Si Se Bogu Moli and  sung by Neli Andreeva with the Philip Koutev Choir:

Malka moma si se Bogu moli:             Little maiden prays to God:
Daj mi, Bože, oči golubovi              Give me, oh God, the eyes of a dove,
Daj mi, Bože, krilca sokolovi           Give me, oh God, the wings of a falcon,
Da si forknam otvăd beli Dunav        To fly away over the white Danube
Da si najda momče spored mene      To find myself a lad worthy of me

Ču ja Gospod,                                The Lord has heard her,
stori oči golubovi,                           made (her) the eyes of a dove,
krilca sokolovi,                               the wings of a falcon,
ta i dade krilca sokolovi,                  so he gave her the wings of a falcon

ta si najde momče spored neja.      and she found herself a lad worthy of her.


Persian and Welsh sound tracks in the film ‘Crash’


‘Crash’ was a film belonging to the hyperlink genre: which essentially is a story telling format where interlocking stories are combined.  This very sensitive film directed by Paul Haggis portrays racial prejudices in the U.S.A with shades of grey. There is inter-racial clash, confrontation and finally, redemption.

While the film has several soundtracks, none is as touching as the Persian -Welsh  medley that is played out in the background towards the end of the movie.  The song brings out the underlying current of   pathos (or the lack of it) which flows through the film.

The song composer is  Mark Isham and according to some websites, it  is sung by  Catherine Grant & Carol Ensley…However it seems unlikely that the Persian part of the song was sung by these artists. It sounds like the Persian singer, Pari Zangeneh . The Persian song is called   “Dokhtare Boyerahmadi”, is actually a folk song in Lori dialect. It means ‘A girl from Boyerahmad’. Boyerahmad is a province in Southwestern Iran. The lyrics are by Agha Mooshe.


دختر بویر احمدی نوم تو ندونم یار گلم
بیا بریم خونه خومون خونه خوتونه یار گلم
گلم ای یار گلم گل عزیز دلومه یار گلم

گل لیلا اومد و گل من نیومد یار گلم
خدای من امید من چرا نیومدی یار گلم
گلم ای یار گلم گل عزیز دلومه یار گلم

You can also hear other versions of this song on the following website:

The Welsh part of the song is called “Sense of Touch.” It is sung by Carol Ensley; the lyrics are from an old Welsh  love song called “Lisa Lan.”
Its about a lover yearning for his lost love, Lisa:
I have loved you many times
Yes many an hour in prolonged tenderness
I have kissed you mysterious Lisa
And your company was better than honey.My pure bough, my warm embrace
You are the purest in the world
You cause pain and anguish
And it is you who steals my life.When I stroll during the day
My little heart becomes sad
On hearing the sound of the little birds
I feel great longing for fair Lisa.When I stroll at nightfall
My little heart melts like wax
On hearing the sound of the little birds
I feel great longing for fair Lisa.Lisa will you escort me
To place my body in black earth?
I hope you will come, my dear friend
To the graveside where I am going.Great longing for Lisa Lân.
Great longing for Lisa Lân.
You can hear the full version of this song in the link given below: