Alexandre Desplat: Girl With a Pearl Earring

Musically, Griet's Theme seems a perfect match for the character of the girl, played by Scarlett Johansson.

Released: 2003
Directed by: Peter Webber
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth

The Film: Set in 17th-century Holland, this adaptation of the Tracy Chavalier novel follows the clandestine relationship between the painter Vermeer and his 17-year-old maid Griet, the model for one of his most famous works of art, Girl With A Pearl Earring.

Composer: Alexandre Desplat - the Parisian born composer has composed scores for more than 70 films and was nominated for a Golden Globe for this score. Since writing the music for Het meisje met de parel - the original Dutch name for the Vermeer painting around which the film is based - Alexandre Desplat has gone on to further success, most recently with Syriana, which bagged George Clooney his Oscar at the 78th Annual Academy Awards.