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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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Cast

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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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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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Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Box Office

Budget:

€5,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,239, 16 January 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,635,164

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$83,580,170
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In 2004, this was the #1 movie at the French box office, with more than 8.6 million admissions. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Featured in Interdit aux plus de 13 ans (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Künstlerleben
("Artist's Life"), Op. 316 (uncredited)
Composed by Johann Strauss in 1867
Orchestra: Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra-Sif 309, Conductor Deyan Pavlov'
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25 May 2005 | by 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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