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Writers:
Georges Chaperot (1945 story "La Cage aux rossignols") &
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17 March 2004 (Belgium) See more »
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The new teacher at a severely administered boys' boarding school works to positively affect the students' lives through music. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 22 nominations See more »
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A rest house for busy minds See more (112 total) »

Cast

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Gérard Jugnot ... Clément Mathieu

François Berléand ... Headmaster 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
Fabie Roger .... 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
Manuel Swieton .... construction coordinator
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 .... additional 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
Mathilde Renwick .... production assistant
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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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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:
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:
Violette Morhange:Do you have children?
Clément Mathieu:No. Well, yes, I have 60.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Caché (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
La NuitSee more »

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39 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
A rest house for busy minds, 19 September 2004
Author: shu-fen from Hong Kong, China

Two Continental European films with campus setting are on show right now in town: Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar's "La mala educación" and French director Christophe Barratier's "Les choristes". However, the former deals with the devil which is pretty disturbing while the latter the angels that touches the viewers' heart and soul. It blows in new fresh air into the cinema world.

People may associate the film with the 1945 production "La cage aux rossignols". Yet, "Au revoir les enfants", "La gloire de mon père", "Le château de ma mere", "Nuovo cinema Paradiso" and the literature namely "Le Petit Chose" by Alphonse Daudet and the hugely popular series of René Goscinny's "Le Petit Nicolas" were rushing into my head when the film rolled on. They all share a number of common features: younger carefree days, reminiscence, scenic countryside, pastoral living etc, they are all ingredients of French fresh (salad) movie, warm, humane and unforgettable. The genre is perpetually popular and it is ever-lasting. Strangely the subject matter though is related to "To Sir, with Love", "Mr. Holland's Opus", they didn't come up to my mind immediately.

French people are capable of producing movies or books with nostalgic ideas, the power again captures the world's heart. A country with long history or brilliant history provides much space for artists, France is one of them. Perhaps the French have no incentive to push forward like the Brits or Americans or they are pessimistic about the future or they lack funds, many the French artists (of various art form) keep looking into history for inspiration. Many French global blockbusters are filmed in nostalgic background setting, "Amélie" is the one in the 50s or early 60s. Cruelly truthful is if we compare the development (in most areas) of the developed nations on the west and east Atlantic coasts, the UK and the USA are exactly more advanced.

Pierre, Pépinot, Le Querrec, spectacled Boniface and all the other children form not only a choir but an angelic choir. The boys' angelic voices has resounded inside my head for pretty long time. The angels rekindle Clément Mathieu's abandoned hope on music and hope again falls onto these young souls. On top of it, he is the unsung hero on the making of the world famous conductor Pierre Morhange. Mondain, apparently sexually harassed, is not a incurable boy but a boy in his quest for love. Mathieu wants to carry out his "experiment" on him. And the young boy knows the class tutor is a kind and reasonable teacher. His smile to Mathieu before he is pulled away by the police tells it all.

Mathieu believes in moral education (or educating children in love) which is entirely different from iron-handed Rachin's hard-line pedagogical conviction and administration. Should time be given, Mondain would find his way out from the excruciating self-destruction. Just a side thought: Hong Kong educators should have more thought on dealing with "problem students", from time to time what these young people need is a tender light guiding them onto a path which they can have satisfaction and security. Well, we are somehow regressing now.

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