While it’s not the most groundbreaking film of all time, 2001’s Life As A House is one of those comfort movies that I reach for when I need something to watch but don’t want to have to think about it too much. Starring Kevin Kline and Kristen Scott Thomas (two of my favourites), it’s a tale of a man who spends the last few months of his life building his dream house and, in the process, rebuilds his fractured relationship with his son and reconnects with his ex-wife.
The soundtrack is quite diverse and includes ‘What You Wish For’ and ‘Rainy Day’ by Guster, ‘That’s the Way’ by Gob, ‘Live a Lie’ and ‘Somewhere’ by Default, ‘Sweet Dreams’ by Marilyn Manson, ‘Water’ by ohGr, ‘Rearranged’ by Limp Bizkit, ‘Both Sides Now’ by Joni Mitchell, ‘Gramercy Park by Deadsy, and ‘How to Disappear Completely’ by Radiohead.
My favourite piece from the soundtrack though is an instrumental called ‘Building A Family’ by composer Mark Isham, an elusive track that I finally managed to hunt down during a late night search earlier in the week. It has a lovely melody and, naturally, gorgeous strings. Check it out below, and have a think about watching the movie sometime as well. As I said, it’s not at all groundbreaking but is still worth a look. And how can you not love Kevin Kline? He’s just lovely.