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The Chorus ()

Les choristes (original title)
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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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  • Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 22 nominations.
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Clément Mathieu
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Headmaster Rachin
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Chabert
Jean-Paul Bonnaire ...
La Père Maxence
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Violette Morhange
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Pierre Morhange
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Pépinot
Grégory Gatignol ...
Mondain
Thomas Blumenthal ...
Corbin
Cyril Bernicot ...
Le Querrec
Simon Fargeot ...
Boniface
Théodule Carré-Cassaigne ...
Leclerc
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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
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Fille Rachin 1
Lena Chalvon ...
Fille Rachin 2
Colette Dupanloup ...
La cuisinière
Didier Flamand ...
Pépinot adulte
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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

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Christophe Barratier

Written by

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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

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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

Music by

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Bruno Coulais

Cinematography by

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Jean-Jacques Bouhon
Dominique Gentil
Carlo Varini

Film Editing by

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Yves Deschamps

Editorial Department

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Frédéric Casnin ... color timer
Pauline Flamand ... assistant editor
Alain Guarda ... color timer
Sophie Voiturin ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Sylvie Brocheré
Agathe Hassenforder

Production Design by

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François Chauvaud

Art Direction by

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Pierre Ferrari

Set Decoration by

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Jean-Pierre Gaillot

Costume Design by

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Françoise Guégan

Makeup Department

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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-Clech ... makeup artist (as Fabie Roger)
Christine Vizier ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Christophe Anzoli ... unit manager
Cyrille Bruneau ... assistant production manager
Bernard Lorain ... production manager
Adrien Scolan ... unit manager trainee

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Marc Baraduc ... first assistant director
Catherine Hofer ... assistant director
Vincent Kaluza ... trainee assistant director
Romain Kunstlinger ... trainee assistant director

Art Department

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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
Lionel Guy ... painter (as Guy Lionel)
Rodolphe Heckmann ... constructor
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

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Vladislav Boyadjiev ... pro-tools technician
Hervé Bénard ... sound recordist
Nicolas Cantin ... boom operator / 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 / sound mixer
Patrice Séverac ... post-synchronization
Vincent Vatoux ... sound

Special Effects by

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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

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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

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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 / 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 ... best boy electric
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

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Christine Civrac ... wardrobe
Eric Perron ... costumer
Jean-Pierre Villeneuve ... costumer

Music Department

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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

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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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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 effect on a handful of students. With the reluctant approval of Rachin, Mathieu begins a grander experiment of trying to transform the overall atmosphere within the school, core within the experiment being to start a choir among his students. This move is a difficult one for him as a failed musician, as well as for the initially reluctant students. During this process, Mathieu focuses on two different students for two different reasons. Pépinot, a younger boy, seems to lack guidance and focus, and who always says he is waiting for Saturday when his father will pick him up, he who never does. And Pierre Morhange, an older student, is the anachronism: introverted, but prone to outbursts of individual subversiveness - the devil with the face of an angel as the other teachers describe him. Behind the reason for his subversiveness, which Mathieu slowly learns, Morhange hides a love of music and a true talent in it. Beyond overcoming the obvious obstacles of Rachin and the students' skepticism and Rachin's egotism, Mathieu has another challenge in newly arrived Pascal Mondain, a truly troubled older boy with pathological tendencies whose presence alone may wreak havoc throughout the school, and not just with Mathieu's project. Over fifty years later, Morhange and Pépinot, who have not seen each other since that time and who did not spend that much time together while at school, are reading through Mathieu's memoirs from his time at the school, which unmasks the reason why the two are privy to the memoir and the effect he had on their lives. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Die Kinder des Monsieur Mathieu (Germany)
  • The Choir Boys (Singapore, English title)
  • The Chorus (United States)
  • The Chorus (World-wide, English title)
  • The Chorus (United Kingdom)
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Runtime
  • 97 min
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Box Office

Budget EUR5,500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend France $4,193,442, 19 Mar 2004
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $83,580,170

Did You Know?

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Trivia Actor, co-producer Gérard Jugnot mortgaged his Paris apartment to help finance the film. The bet paid off, and he ended up making over 5 million euros for 'Les Choristes' as actor and co-producer. He earned the title of the highest-paid French actor in 2004, overtaking Jean Reno and Gérard Depardieu. See more »
Goofs The actor who plays Pierre Morhange as an adult has brown eyes (at around 31 mins), but the actor who plays Pierre Morhange as a boy has blue eyes (at around 23 mins). See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Interdit aux plus de 13 ans (2004). See more »
Soundtracks Les Choristes 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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