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The choristers (Les choristes) - Gérard Jugnot, François Berléand, Kaddour Merad, Christophe Barratier

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Movie propaganda

When his mother dies, world-class conductor Pierre Morhange (Jacques Perrin) returns home and is unexpectedly thrust into his past. The obstinate, young Morhange attends the "Rock Bottom" school for unruly boys, where he and his classmates suffer for their childish pranks at the hand of the heartless Principal Rachin (François Berléand). That is, until lonely, good-natured Clément Mathieu (Gérard Jugnot) arrives as their new supervisor. With a soft heart and keen awareness of his students' sufferings, Mathieu brings his own passion for music into the classroom to unveil the true hearts and minds of his motley, left-behind crew. Finally, above the dull grey of tattered sweaters and depressed hallways, rings the rich and fluid colour of song.

Director Christophe Barratier débuts as an astoundingly graceful storyteller who delights in the power of art to mend lives. The film is resplendent, with remarkably honest performances and a breathtaking musical element that lends a resonating, refined note to this captivating childhood tale.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film drama art-house France French school choir music teacher student

Persons of interest

  • Gérard Jugnot .... Clément Mathieu
  • François Berléand .... Rachin
  • Jean-Baptiste Maunier .... Child Pierre Morhange
  • Jacques Perrin .... Adult Pierre Morhange
  • Kad Merad .... Chabert
  • Marie Bunel .... Violette Morhange
  • Philippe Du Janerand .... Langlois
  • Jean-Paul Bonnaire .... Maxence
  • Maxence Perrin .... Child Pépinot
  • Didier Flamand .... Adult Pépinot
  • Grégory Gatignol .... Mondain
  • Paul Chariéras .... Régent
  • Thomas Blumenthal .... Corbin
  • Simon Fargeot .... Boniface
  • Théodul Carré-Cassaigne .... Leclerc
  • Erick Desmarestz .... Doctor Dervaux
  • Philippe Lopes-Curval .... Screenwriter
  • Christophe Barratier .... Screenwriter
  • Christophe Barratier .... Director

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Theatrical report

The choristers (aka Les choristes and The chorus) is Goodbye Mr Chips meets Dead Poets Society on a field trip to France. It's a bit obvious in places but that won't stop you from having a good time - not to mention a wee cry.

The singing is gorgeous.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Languages: French
  • Picture: Widescreen (2.40:1)
  • Subtitles: English, English captions, English closed captions

Security censorship classification

M (Mature themes)

Surveillance time

97 minutes (1:37 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 20 January 2005
DVD rental: 17 August 2005
DVD retail: 9 November 2005

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