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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.

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Jean-Paul Bonnaire ...
La Père Maxence
Marie Bunel ...
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Grégory Gatignol ...
Thomas Blumenthal ...
Cyril Bernicot ...
Le Querrec
Simon Fargeot ...
Boniface
Théodule Carré-Cassaigne ...
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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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Drama | Music

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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:

$63,147 (Belgium) (19 March 2004)

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$3,635,164 (USA)
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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

Pierre Morhange: What about the solo?
Clément Mathieu: Which solo?
Pierre Morhange: My solo.
Clément Mathieu: Oh. Your solo. No, there's no solo. You don't have a bad voice but no-one's indispensible.
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Soundtracks

Nous Sommes De Fond De L'Étang
Lyrics By Philippe Lopes-Curval (Ph. Lopes-Curval), Christophe Barratier
Music By Christophe Barratier
Orchestra: Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra-Sif 309, Conductor Deyan Pavlov'
Avec la participation de la chorale Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint Marc, Dirigée Nicolas Porte
Soliste Jean-Baptiste Maunier
© 2004 Warner Bros. Records,WEA Music (p) 2004 Galatée Films
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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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