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The Chorus (2004)

Les choristes (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 17 March 2004 (France)
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The new teacher at a severely administered boys' boarding school works to positively affect the students' lives through music.
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Paul Bonnaire ...
Marie Bunel ...
Violette Morhange
Grégory Gatignol ...
Thomas Blumenthal ...
Cyril Bernicot ...
Le Querrec
Simon Fargeot ...
Théodule Carré-Cassaigne ...
Philippe du Janerand ...
Monsieur Langlois
Carole Weiss ...
La Comtesse
Erick Desmarestz ...
Le Docteur Dervaux


Fond de l'Etang is a boarding school for troubled boys located in the French countryside. In the mid-twentieth century, it is run by the principal M. Rachin, an egotistical disciplinarian whose official unofficial mantra for the school is "action - reaction", meaning that there will be severe consequences for any boy out of line. This approach does not seem to be working as the boys as a collective are an unruly bunch. In turn, the teachers don't teach, but are always watching out for the next subversive act from the boys. January 15, 1949 marks the arrival to the school of the new supervisor, M. Clément Mathieu, a middle-aged man who is grasping at finding his place in life after a series of failed endeavors. Although he does find the boys an unruly lot, Mathieu does not believe in the "action - reaction" policy, and as such, butts heads with Rachin while secretly undermining the policy. Slowly, Mathieu's approach of trying to match the discipline to the crime does have a positive ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language/sexual references and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 March 2004 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Chorus  »

Box Office


€5,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,193,442 (France) (19 March 2004)


$3,629,758 (USA) (20 May 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actor, co-producer Gérard Jugnot mortgaged his Paris apartment to help finance the film. The bet paid off, and he ended up making over 5 million euros for 'Les Choristes' as actor and co-producer. He earned the title of the highest-paid French actor in 2004, overtaking Jean Reno and Gérard Depardieu. See more »


In the scene at the end of the film when the bus leaves (at around 1h 30 mins) you can see clearly the speed limit label on the rear of the bus (85 km/h). When the bus leaves for the second time it has disappeared (at around 1h 30 mins). See more »


[Morhange's mother has come to visit him]
Clément Mathieu: [quietly] I didn't tell her last time that you were in detention, I told her you had a toothache and went to the dentist. Don't tell her I lied.
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La Désillusion
Music by Bruno Coulais
Orchestra: Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra-Sif 309, Conductor Deyan Pavlov'
© 2004 Warner Bros. Records,WEA Music (p) 2004 Galatée Films
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A Moving Film of Great Improtance
14 January 2005 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Boys as a group are perhaps the least understood human beings among us. Les Choristes invites our understanding of their sensibility, sensitivity, and the ease with which they are treated badly -- in fact, have always been treated badly by institutions, educators and parents. The importance of fathers in their lives and their great need for a surrogate if the natural fathers are missing are beautifully explored in this film. The screenplay and its realization on screen are very effective in showing how the difficult combination of giving boys strong direction and tenderness and finding a way to their hearts can be accomplished. This film helps us understand how the same human creature can be hard and sullen one moment and sweetly spiritual the next, inaccessible one minute and needy the next. It is also an inspiring film for young men preparing to be teachers.

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