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The Chorus (2004)

Les choristes (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 17 March 2004 (France)
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The new teacher at a severely administered boys' boarding school works to positively affect the students' lives through music.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Jugnot ... Clément Mathieu
François Berléand ... Headmaster Rachin
Kad Merad ... Chabert
Jean-Paul Bonnaire Jean-Paul Bonnaire ... La Père Maxence
Marie Bunel ... Violette Morhange
Jean-Baptiste Maunier ... Pierre Morhange
Maxence Perrin ... Pépinot
Grégory Gatignol Grégory Gatignol ... Mondain
Thomas Blumenthal Thomas Blumenthal ... Corbin
Cyril Bernicot Cyril Bernicot ... Le Querrec
Simon Fargeot Simon Fargeot ... Boniface
Théodule Carré-Cassaigne Théodule Carré-Cassaigne ... Leclerc
Philippe du Janerand ... Monsieur Langlois
Carole Weiss Carole Weiss ... La Comtesse
Erick Desmarestz 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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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France | Switzerland | Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

17 March 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Inspired by the film A Cage of Nightingales (1945). 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

Clément Mathieu: Never say never. Something's always worth trying.
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Soundtracks

Les Partitions
Music by Bruno Coulais
Orchestra: Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra-Sif 309, Conductor Deyan Pavlov'
© 2004 Warner Bros. Records,WEA Music (p) 2004 Galatée Films
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A wonderfully uplifting film.
20 January 2005 | by babuonSee all my reviews

The locale for this French sub-titled film is a locked fortress-like school for poor boys from broken homes, WWII orphans and juvenile delinquents, very Dickensian in feel. The principal of the school,is a detestable man who abuses students and teachers equally. You've seen the plot before, of course, and some of the characters are "stock" sorts. But the acting of the lead, the teacher who "saves" the students by luring them into singing, is portrayed charmingly by Gerard Jugnot. Mostly bald, a bit stocky and no beauty, he is nonetheless disarming. The boy soprano, Jean-Baptiste Maunier, has a wonderful voice, and the chorus is splendid. Particularly fine was the score, almost entirely original, by Bruno Colais. I was looking for something inspiring on this bitter cold inaugural day in the U.S. Les Choristes made my spirit soar and reaffirmed that kindness, generosity of self and the gift of music still have the power to change people's lives.


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