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Georges Chaperot (1945 story "La Cage aux rossignols") &
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 22 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Gérard Jugnot ... Clément Mathieu

François Berléand ... Rachin

Kad Merad ... Chabert
Jean-Paul Bonnaire ... La Père Maxence
Marie Bunel ... Violette Morhange

Jean-Baptiste Maunier ... Pierre Morhange
Maxence Perrin ... Pépinot
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
Paul Chariéras ... Régent
Armen Godel ... Le médecin
Monique Ditisheim ... Le mère Marie
Steve Gadler ... Assistant Pierre Morhange
Fabrice Dubusset ... Carpentier
Marielle Coubaillon ... Madame Rachin
Violette Barratier ... Fille Rachin 1
Lena Chalvon ... Fille Rachin 2
Colette Dupanloup ... La cuisinière
Didier Flamand ... Pépinot adulte

Jacques Perrin ... Pierre Morhange adulte
Mathieu Basset ... Enfant
Loïc Bernicöt ... Enfant
Christophe Borie ... Enfant
Clément Bonnemoy ... Enfant
Dimitri Brand ... Enfant
Aurélien Bravard ... Enfant
Benjamin Charles ... Enfant
Niels Dalbignat ... Enfant
Gaetan Delaire ... Enfant
Louis Deval ... Enfant
Jordan Donatella ... Enfant
Quentin Donatella ... Enfant
Jérémy Duarte ... Enfant
Rémi Dubien ... Enfant
Aurélien Dussol ... Enfant
Patrice Dubrouillet ... Enfant
Jérémy Eberle ... Enfant
Mickaël Fournier ... Enfant
Benoît Fritisse ... Enfant
Nicolas Gomme ... Enfant
Florian Gontard ... Enfant
Bogdan Illouz ... Enfant
Giacomo Kahn ... Enfant
Marc-Antoine Madeyre ... Enfant
Kevin Monteiro ... Enfant
Denis Papon ... Enfant
Vincent Riqueur ... Enfant
Alexandre Resende ... Enfant
Anthony Ryat ... Enfant
Quentin Alibert ... Enfant
Rodrigo Avitt ... Enfant
Baptiste Beaumet ... Enfant
Yanis Benhamana ... Enfant
Vincent Reviron ... Enfant
Eloi Buisson ... Enfant
Jessy Chalmeton ... Enfant
Arthus Chambon ... Enfant
Antonin Delahaies ... Enfant
Alexandre Dosjoub ... Enfant
Mathieu Durif ... Enfant
Kevin Eytier ... Enfant
Gaël Fayet ... Enfant
Loïc Françon ... Enfant
Sylvain Fustier ... Enfant
Philippe Gaumme ... Enfant
Jordy Lapatrie ... Enfant
Gary Lemaouche ... Enfant
Thomas Levert ... Enfant
Jean-Baptiste Malaqui ... Enfant
Samuel L'Honnen ... Enfant
Titouan Martin ... Enfant
Adrien Pinet ... Enfant
Pierre-Alban Vernet ... Enfant
Kevin Remont ... Enfant
Nicolas Pouyad ... Enfant
Maxime Brilland-Guijarro ... Enfant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michel Caccia ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Christophe Barratier 
 
Writing credits
Georges Chaperot (1945 story "La Cage aux rossignols") &
René Wheeler (1945 story "La Cage aux rossignols")

René Wheeler (1945 screenplay "La Cage aux rossignols") &
Noël-Noël (1945 screenplay "La Cage aux rossignols")

Christophe Barratier (screen story)

Christophe Barratier (screenplay) &
Philippe Lopes-Curval (screenplay)

Produced by
Arthur Cohn .... producer
Léonard Glowinski .... associate producer
Gérard Jugnot .... associate producer
Michael Kühn .... executive producer
Romain Le Grand .... associate producer
Nicolas Mauvernay .... producer
Jacques Perrin .... producer
Ruth Waldburger .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Bruno Coulais 
 
Cinematography by
Jean-Jacques Bouhon 
Dominique Gentil 
Carlo Varini 
 
Film Editing by
Yves Deschamps 
 
Casting by
Sylvie Brocheré 
Agathe Hassenforder 
 
Production Design by
François Chauvaud 
 
Art Direction by
Pierre Ferrari 
 
Set Decoration by
Jean-Pierre Gaillot 
 
Costume Design by
Françoise Guégan 
 
Makeup Department
Sylvie Duval .... key makeup artist
Odile Fourquin .... makeup artist
Françoise Fregonese .... hair stylist
Sylvie Leray .... key hair stylist (as Silvie Leray)
Fabienne Robineau .... makeup artist
Christine Vizier .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Christophe Anzoli .... unit manager
Cyrille Bruneau .... assistant production manager
Bernard Lorain .... production manager
Adrien Scolan .... unit manager trainee
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marc Baraduc .... first assistant director
Catherine Hofer .... assistant director
Vincent Kaluza .... trainee assistant director
Romain Kunstlinger .... trainee assistant director
 
Art Department
Bernard Beysseriat .... painter
Stéphane Blanc .... painter
Henri Castillo .... head carpenter
Sophie Chandoutis .... painter
Nicolas Charpin .... constructor
Vincent Chassaing .... constructor
Jean-Luc Chauvaud .... assistant decorator
Fabrice Coudert .... constructor
Florence de la Maladière .... painter
Bernard Ducrocq .... property master
Pascal Fasola .... painter
Patrice Fasola .... head painter
Jean-Pierre Gaillot .... set dresser
Serge Goblet .... constructor
Grégory Graziani .... painter
Lazlo Guarguir .... painter
Rodolphe Heckmann .... constructor
Guy Lionel .... painter
Max Magnan .... storyboard artist
Emmanuel Marthon .... constructor
Jonathan Muret .... assistant decorator
Joel Nicolas .... carpenter (as Joël Nicolas)
Stéphane Renié .... constructor
Francoise Rouge .... painter
Jean-Claude Tenes .... construction manager
Laurent Thevenot .... painter (as Laurent Thévenot)
Bertrand Vuarnesson .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Vladislav Boyadjiev .... pro-tools technician
Hervé Bénard .... sound recordist
Nicolas Cantin .... boom operator
Nicolas Cantin .... sound editor
Joseph Catricala .... foley engineer
Frédéric Cattoni .... stereo sound consultant: DTS
Pascal Chauvin .... foley artist
Eric Grattepain .... foley artist
Gabriel Hafner .... sound editor
Alexis Leverve .... sound recordist
Didier Lizé .... sound engineer
Michel Monier .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Nicolas Naegelen .... sound mixer
Laurent Peter .... sound assistant
David Rit .... boom operator
Hervé Roux .... stereo sound consultant: DTS
Daniel Sobrino .... sound editor
Daniel Sobrino .... sound mixer
Patrice Séverac .... post-synchronization
Vincent Vatoux .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Romain Bretet .... special effects
Olivier Cohen-Bacri .... special effects
Nicolas David .... titles design
Daniel Lenoir .... special effects
Carol Styczen .... special effects
Piotr Styczen .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Thierry Ardiller .... digital compositor
Luc Augereau .... visual effects producer
Berengere Dominguez .... visual effects coordinator
Justine Gasquet .... digital compositor
Frederic Moreau .... visual effects producer
François Vagnon .... visual effects supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
François Andreoletti .... video assist operator
Nicolas Batisse .... video assist operator (as Nicolas Bátisse)
Vincent Blasco .... grip
Jean-Jacques Bouhon .... additional camera operator
Michel Bubola .... electrician
Simon Bérard .... gaffer
Renaud Chassaing .... additional camera operator
Benoit Dentan .... aerial camera operator
Benoit Dentan .... camera operator
Guillaume Dreujou .... assistant camera
Nicolas Duchêne .... assistant camera
Jean-Christophe Duwez .... electrician
Denis Garnier .... assistant camera
Nil Henchoz .... key grip
Hans Krumenacker .... electrician
Frédéric Lenormand .... grip
Margot Lestage .... second assistant camera
Loïc Limosin .... electrician
Christine Mignard .... assistant camera
François Perrault-Alix .... grip
Raphaël Planeix .... electrician trainee
Philippe Quaisse .... still photographer
Marie Queney .... assistant camera
Yves Reymond .... grip
Piotr Stadnicki .... first assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Christine Civrac .... wardrobe
Eric Perron .... costumer
Jean-Pierre Villeneuve .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Frédéric Casnin .... color timer
Pauline Flamand .... assistant editor
Alain Guarda .... color timer
Sophie Voiturin .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Christophe Barratier .... composer: themes "Cerf-Volant" and "Nous sommes de Fond de l'Etang"
Bruno Coulais .... conductor
Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc .... choir
Dominic Faricier .... musician: piano
Asen Kanchev .... music production manager
Paul Lavergne .... executive music producer
Slim Pezin .... music supervisor
Nicolas Porte .... conductor: choir
 
Other crew
Stéphanie Auger .... production administrator
Nasser Belkalem .... production coordinator
Sarah Bellwood .... script consultant
Nicolas Dumont .... executive production associate
Mickael Georgeault .... groupman
Magali Herbinger .... production secretary
Valentine Marvel .... assistant: Christophe Barratier (as Valentine Perrin)
Claude Morice .... production administrator
Frédéric North .... helicopter pilot
Eva Simonet .... press attache
Jean-Luc Tesson .... production assistant
Françoise Thouvenot .... script supervisor
Karin Tourgeman .... accountant
Coralie Venière .... production assistant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Les choristes" - France (original title)
"The Choir Boys" - Singapore (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some language/sexual references and violence
Runtime:
97 min
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Trivia:
Inspired by the film La cage aux rossignols (1945).See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as 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:[Mathieu finds Pépinot sitting on the stairs] What are you doing down here?
Pépinot enfant:I don't have the right to go upstairs.
Clément Mathieu:What do you mean you don't have the right?
Pépinot enfant:I don't have any money.
Clément Mathieu:What?
Pépinot enfant:I'm not allowed to go upstairs unless I have some money.
Clément Mathieu:Says who?
Pépinot enfant:Mondain.
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98 out of 112 people found the following review useful.
Caged birds sing, 23 February 2005
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

There's an air of romance surrounding wayward boys, particularly in the French tradition, where they tend to be poetic as well as mischievous. In "The Chorus," Christophe Barratier draws on this tradition and adds some lovely vocal sounds. "The Chorus" is about an "internat" or reform school where a new principal who writes music tames his young charges, some naughty, some just abandoned, by teaching them to sing in a boys' chorus. The school director, Rachin (sounds like Nurse Ratched), François Berléand (of Jacquot's "The School of Flesh"), is a prissy sadist who preaches a philosophy of instant punishment for all real or imagined wrongdoing ("action-reaction"); but when the new principal, Clément Mathieu (Gérard Jugnot) shows up with a soft approach to his classes and his supervisory duties, he finds allies among the faculty and staff.

"The Chorus" advances the frequently screened theory that delinquent kids are better charmed than chastened; that if you can find a positive activity they excel in, the misbehavior will die out.

Barratier has had good success with his young actors. The most important boy is the "tête d'ange" (head of an angel), tall, fair-haired Morhange (Jean-Baptiste Maunier), who's often in trouble and refuses to join the choir, till Mathieu catches him singing by himself and discovers his star soloist. Morhange's voice possesses not only a rich natural musicality but the haunting purity only boy sopranos have. Morhange has the most attractive mother, and Mathieu's success in encouraging the boy's singing makes the pudgy, bald man fantasize romance with her -- thus incidentally clearing himself of the suspicion of pedophilia that tends to haunt any all-boys school setting. Mathieu's romantic dream is futile, and he humbly fades away at the story's end, like some Gallic pied piper of boy soprano-dom.

"The Chorus" takes place in post-war France and its topic and look establish immediate links with a bevy of seminal French films. Wayward French boys turn up in boarding schools that are places of both repression and refuge, as you can see in Jean Vigo's school revolution in "Zero for Conduct" (1933). The beloved textbook of the French bad-boy tradition is Alain-Fournier's "Le Grand Meaulnes" (The Wanderer), which was notably filmed by Jean-Pierre Albicocco in 1967. The tradition becomes more autobiographical in Truffaut's 1959 400 Blows, which introduced the director's alter ego, Jean-Pierre Léaud; and in Malle's moving and long-contemplated memoir of a boarding school in wartime, "Au Revoir les Enfants" (1987). Jean Cocteau mythologized a bad-boy idol who haunted him all his life in the Dargélos of "Les Enfants Terribles" (1950), made into yet another classic film by Jean-Pierre Melville. This whole idea has remaining traces in the feral youth Gaspard Ulliel plays in André Téchiné's recent "Strayed." "The Chorus," it is true, is a relatively conventional entry; except for adding music, it rides upon, rather than transcends, the tradition. But it's a warm story with much charm and little pretension.

Barratier himself is a talented musician who, like Mathieu, has drifted into other things. A trained classical guitarist, he won several international competitions after studying at the prestigious École Normale de Musique in Paris, and played professionally for several years. But in 1991 he joined Galatée films to train under his uncle, the renowned actor, producer and writer Jacques Perrin -- who bookends "The Chorus" as a Morhange who has grown up into a famous classical conductor. For the next decade Barratier was an associate producer and collaborated with Perrin on "Children of Lumière," "Microcosmos," "Himalaya" and "Winged Migration." Now he has turned his hand to fiction and directed his own film, with success. There is a risk of preciosity and sweetness, mostly avoided by the dryness of both Mathieu and Rachin as characters, as well as the surviving wickedness of the boys, especially an arch bad-boy, Mondain (Grégory Gatignol). The point of view is Mathieu's and the mature Morhange's, so the film doesn't go as deep into the boys' psyches as it goes into their voice boxes.

The director is well connected. He's the son of film actress Eva Simonet and besides his uncle his grandparents were also theater people. The Chorus was top box office in France after its release in March 2004. The French critical reception was pretty mixed, and the film's been reviled by some in the United States as (in one writer's words) "unbelievably inane, saccharine, and derivative"; "all smooth, nutrient-free clichés." Even thumbs-up king Roger Ebert didn't like it: "this feels more like a Hollywood wannabe than a French film," he wrote. "Where's the quirkiness, the nuance, the deeper levels?" But it's really a cleanly made, simple, humanistic, and satisfying little film with far less pandering than its critics claim, and whether we like it or not, it's the French Best Foreign Oscar entry, and the little chorus is likely to perform " Vois sur ton chemin" on Awards night (if their voices haven't changed). The relatively minimal mise-en-scène and the period setting link it more with its classic film antecedents than with the overproduced "Very Long Engagement" (Jeunet's film's Oscar nominations are for décor and photography). Derivative and conventionally themed? Yes. Barratier has acknowledged "The Chorus's" inspiration in an earlier film, "La Cage aux Rossignols" (The Nightingales' Cage, 1945), which has the same premise -- and anyone can name a long list of movies about teachers who charm their wayward flock. None of them feels -- or sounds -- quite like this movie, though. And the boys do their own singing: the "tête d'ange" really has the "voix d'ange." American reviewers, missing the nuances, plug Les Choristes into "Mr. Holland's Opus" or "Dead Poets Society" and find it stereotypically schmaltzy. The gentler French critics don't see those crude comparisons and are able to call it "un beau film" and find in it a satisfying example of "cinéma populaire." We can too if we open up to it.

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