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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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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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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

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

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Budget:

€5,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$3,629,758 (USA) (20 May 2005)
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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 »

Goofs

During the auditions, Mathieu sends pupils to the right or to the left showing the direction by his hand. When directing Ricoeur, who sings "I've got tobacco in my pouch", to the left (at 33:06 to 33:07) he first moves his hand to his right, which some cite as an error while others cite it as a flourish, but then sweeps or hooks his hand left. See more »

Quotes

Clément Mathieu: [they've found the stolen money and a harmonica] You know Mondain was expelled because they thought he'd stolen the money.
Corbin: No, sir.
Clément Mathieu: No, that's right you didn't. But now I've told you. So what were you going to do with this money?
Corbin: If I tell you, do you promise not to tell anyone?
Clément Mathieu: Promise.
Corbin: I was going to use it to buy...
Clément Mathieu: To buy what?
Corbin: My Montgolfier balloon.
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La Nuit
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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.


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