Ira Sach’s “Little Men” follows Jake Jardine (Theo Taplitz), a 13-year-old who lives with his parents (Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Ehle) in Manhattan. When Jake’s grandfather dies, the family moves into his Brooklyn apartment where they find dressmaker Leonor (Paulina Garcia) who owns a shop in the building with her son Tony (Michael Barbieri). Jake and Tony become quick friends but when Jake’s parents try to raise the rent on Leonor, tensions run high and the kids are brought into uncomfortable adult conflicts faster than they anticipated.
The film has garnered widespread positive reviews for its humanistic approach, powerful performances, and emotionally resonant writing, but one of “Little Men’s” most striking elements is its score. Composed by Dickon Hinchliffe, a founding member of the English band the Tindersticks, the score’s warm tenor emphasizes Sach’s empathy towards all of his subjects and captures the complex emotions at play. Listen to and download the score below.
The Tindersticks founded in 1992 and have released 11 studio albums since then, including their most recent record “The Waiting Room” this past March. The band has also produced the soundtracks to five films from acclaimed French filmmaker Claire Denis — “Nenette et Boni,” “Trouble Every Day,” “35 Shots of Rum,” “White Material,” and “Les Salauds.” Hinchliffe himself has scored Sach’s two previous films, “Married Life” and “Forty Shades,” the Tom Hardy vehicle “Locke,” and the Oscar-nominated drama “Winter’s Bone.”
“Little Men” will be released in theaters on August 5th.