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The Chorus (2004)
"Les choristes" (original title)

 -  Drama | Music  -  17 March 2004 (France)
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The new teacher at a severely administered boys' boarding school works to positively effect the students' lives through music.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Chabert
Jean-Paul Bonnaire ...
Marie Bunel ...
Violette Morhange
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Maxence Perrin ...
Grégory Gatignol ...
Mondain
Thomas Blumenthal ...
Corbin
Cyril Bernicot ...
Le Querrec
Simon Fargeot ...
Boniface
Théodule Carré-Cassaigne ...
Leclerc
Philippe du Janerand ...
Monsieur Langlois
Carole Weiss ...
La Comtesse
Erick Desmarestz ...
Le Docteur Dervaux
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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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Rated PG-13 for some language/sexual references and violence | See all certifications »

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€5,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$117,885 (Japan) (8 April 2005)

Gross:

$3,629,758 (USA) (20 May 2005)
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For the role of Pierre Morhange (Jean-Baptiste Maunier), the filmmakers chose to hire an actual boys choir soloist. Jean-Baptiste is the soloist of Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc, the choir who also sang the songs in the film. See more »

Goofs

When the now-bandaged Maxence shows Mathieu around on his first day he shows him a wall with photos of the school benefactresses and the motto "Labor improdus omnia vincit" which is attributed to Virgil. But the second word is incorrect - it should read "improbus". Translations vary but it means something like "Persistent hard work conquers everything." See more »

Quotes

[Arriving at the school, Mathieu sees a small boy waiting by the gate]
Clément Mathieu: What are you doing?
Pépinot enfant: I'm waiting for Saturday. My father is coming to collect me.
Clément Mathieu: But it's not Saturday today.
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Magical
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Taking France by storm this summer, Les choristes purportedly led to a surge in applications to join choirs all over the country. The magic is unquestionably in the music, but I'll come to that later.

The success of Les choristes as a film (with or without the divine music) lies in its not trying to be anything more than what it is, a simple tale that opens up to you instead of manipulating you. You'll find neither heart-breaking poignancy nor rousing heroism. Within the short duration of a school term or two he spent with the somewhat notorious boarding school, teacher and musician Clement Mathieu had his modest ambition fulfilled, of having a choir sing the music he wrote, then moved along to a continuously modest life of teaching and music. Talented protégé Pierre Morhange did achieve fame and success, but we have essentially been spared laboured scenes of Titanic struggles or exuberant jubilation. To ensure that I'm not misleading towards the other extreme, let me hasten to add that Les choristes does touch our hearts. It does this gently, sensibly.

But in the end, it's the music. Purely the celestial beauty of the music alone will brings tears to the appreciative audiences' eyes. The story is touching. The character are likable. But the ultimate magic is the choir and boy soprano Jean-Baptiste Maunier chosen from two thousand auditions. Such a magical choice.


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