7.9/10
42,567
108 user 112 critic

The Chorus (2004)

Les choristes (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 17 March 2004 (France)
The new teacher at a severely administered boys' boarding school works to positively affect the students' lives through music.

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A French public servant from Provence is banished to the far North. Strongly prejudiced against this cold and inhospitable place, he leaves his family behind to relocate temporarily there, with the firm intent to quickly come back.

Director: Dany Boon
Stars: Kad Merad, Dany Boon, Zoé Félix
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

To amuse themselves at a weekly dinner, a few well-heeled folk each bring a dimwit along who is to talk about his pastime. Each member seeks to introduce a champion dumbbell. Pierre, an ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Veber
Stars: Thierry Lhermitte, Jacques Villeret, Francis Huster
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In 1942, in an occupied Paris, the apolitical grocer Edmond Batignole lives with his wife and daughter in a small apartment in the building of his grocery. When his future son-in-law and ... See full summary »

Director: Gérard Jugnot
Stars: Jules Sitruk, Gérard Jugnot, Michèle Garcia
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A Catholic French couple sees their life upside down when their four daughters get married to men of different religion and origins.

Director: Philippe de Chauveron
Stars: Christian Clavier, Chantal Lauby, Ary Abittan
The Class (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.

Director: Laurent Cantet
Stars: François Bégaudeau, Agame Malembo-Emene, Angélica Sancio
Les visiteurs (1993)
Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A medieval nobleman and his squire are accidentally transported to contemporary times by a senile sorcerer. He enlists the aid of his descendent to try to find a way to return home, all the... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Marie Poiré
Stars: Christian Clavier, Jean Reno, Valérie Lemercier
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Eight tourists who met in a holiday camp on the Ivory Coast are reunited for a skiing holiday.

Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Josiane Balasko, Michel Blanc, Marie-Anne Chazel
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Vincent is about to become a father. At a meeting with childhood friends he announces the name for his future son. The scandalous name ignites a discussion which surfaces unpleasant matters from the past of the group.

Directors: Alexandre de La Patellière, Matthieu Delaporte
Stars: Patrick Bruel, Valérie Benguigui, Charles Berling
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A girl, who lives with her deaf parents, discovers that she has the gift of singing.

Director: Eric Lartigau
Stars: Karin Viard, François Damiens, Eric Elmosnino
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A love story between two psychopaths that turns into a dare-or-not-dare game.

Director: Yann Samuell
Stars: Guillaume Canet, Marion Cotillard, Thibault Verhaeghe
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A Belge-Francophobe customs officer is forced to team up with a Frenchman during the elimination of the Franco-Belge borders in the 90s.

Director: Dany Boon
Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Dany Boon, Christel Pedrinelli
Short | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Harris Tindall is a pencil sharpener. He is the last descendant of a family fully dedicated to this artistic tradition. Each day, the sharpener adjusts his pencil leads depending on his ... See full summary »

Director: Mahdi Lepart
Stars: Jean-Baptiste Maunier, Dorothée Brière, Mélisandre Meertens
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Chabert
Jean-Paul Bonnaire ...
Marie Bunel ...
Violette Morhange
...
...
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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

17 March 2004 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Chorus  »

Box Office

Budget:

€5,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$3,629,758 (USA) (20 May 2005)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

After The Chorus (2004) Jean-Baptiste Maunier changed his music type so that he would no longer be seen as an angel face. See more »

Goofs

The actor who plays Pierre Morhange as an adult has brown eyes (at around 31 mins), but the actor who plays Pierre Morhange as a boy has blue eyes (at around 23 mins). See more »

Quotes

[subtitled version]
[the students are writing an examination]
Pépinot enfant: Leclerc!
Leclerc: What?
Pépinot enfant: Are we still friends?
Leclerc: Sure, why?
Pépinot enfant: How much is 5 plus 3?
Leclerc: 53.
Pépinot enfant: You sure?
Leclerc: Yeah.
[...]
See more »

Connections

Featured in Les Choristes: Le making of (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

La Nuit
Music by Jean-Philippe Rameau (as J.P. Rameau)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Share this film
25 May 2005 | by (Palatine, IL) – See all my reviews

As a public school choir director I was thrilled to see a movie that celebrated the joy of singing. At the end of the semester I ran "The Chorus" for all of my students and the response was astounding. A French film with subtitles that kept the rehearsal room totally silent for two days of classes. Fantastic.

I sincerely hope this fine film is given an honest opportunity to succeed in the U.S. We don't need a Disney remake in English with updated pop songs. This charming import is the real deal.

As a teacher I always trust the sometimes brutal honesty that high school students express about films and music. My experience this semester has been that "The Chorus" is a winner.

If you like this movie recommend it to others as it deserves to find its audience.


21 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Top Ten Foreign films curlyman217
Dead poets society or les choristes? violentfreak
Not sure about the ending. mike-h
The song Morhange conducts at the beginning? wendyjoy
ON MAY 14..8:00 am on ENCD Lizarita
Discuss The Chorus (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?