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Max Richter's music seems ready-made for movies – and that's not in any way a put down. The music is powerful on its own, but certain pieces take on new depth when paired with well-designed visuals.

"On the Nature of Daylight," from Richter's 2004 album The Blue Notebooks, has made potent appearances in Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island and Denis Villeneuve's Arrival. Now there's a new short film, made specifically for Richter's gently swaying lament, featuring an arresting performance by Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid's Tale, The West Wing) and directed by George Belfield. Richter is reissuing The Blue Notebooks, which features readings by Tilda Swinton, on June 29.

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