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The Chorus(Les Choristes)

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France, Switzerland, Germany · 2004
Rated PG · 1h 36m
Director Christophe Barratier
Starring Gérard Jugnot, François Berléand, Kad Merad, Jean-Paul Bonnaire
Genre Drama

In postwar France, Clément Mathieu, an unemployed music teacher, finds a job at a correctional boarding school for disruptive boys. When the harsh disciplinary policies of the school's director prove ineffectual, Clément sets out to change the pupils' lives by acquainting them with the magic of music.

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Ting Shing Koh Profile picture for Ting Shing Koh

Although not super original or thrilling, The Chorus nonetheless depicts a sentimental story of music, friendship, and growth. A simple yet soft film that gently tugs at your heartstrings, the film is for those who'd simply like to enjoy a sweet story with some pleasant music.

What are critics saying?


Village Voice by

The cinematic equivalent of filtered water, The Chorus is all smooth, nutrient-free clichés. This shamelessly globalized French Oscar submission even opens with a shot of an American flag--perhaps an unconscious declaration of defeat for importable Gallic cinema.


The Hollywood Reporter by Frank Scheck

An appealing lead performance from its leading man and a wonderfully sentimental, if overly familiar, story line are the chief virtues of this French drama, a huge success in its native country.


Los Angeles Times by Kevin Thomas

A runaway hit in France last year and the country's official Oscar entry, is a well-nigh irresistible film celebrating the redemptive power of music.


Variety by Lisa Nesselson

No stereotype is left unheralded and no heartstring left untugged in this freely adapted remake of Jean Dreville's mostly forgotten "La cage aux rossignols"


L.A. Weekly by Scott Foundas

The Chorus is sham art and questionable entertainment, but at the very least it sends you whistling out of the theater.

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