French producer and musician Christophe Barratier makes his directorial debut with the drama Les Choristes, inspired by the 1947 film La Cage aux Rossignols. Wildly successful orchestra conductor Pierre Morhange (Jacques Perrin) returns home when his mother dies. He recollects his childhood inspirations through the pages of a diary kept by his old music teacher Clément Mathieu (Gérard Jugnot). Back in the late '40s, little Pierre (Jean-Baptiste Maunier) is the badly behaved son of single mother Violette (Marie Bunel). He attends a dreary boarding school presided over by strict headmaster Rachin (François Berléand). New teacher Mathieu brightens up the place and organizes a choir, leading to the discovery of Pierre's musical talents. Featuring performances by Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc Choir. Les Choristes was shown at the Berlin Film Festival in 2004. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi
Foreign films have a different flavor than American ones, usually the palate is pleased with the nuances.
Chorus is wonderful, simply wonderful. It has an interesting story along with beautiful vocals, a must for any music lover. Sit back and enjoy!
This is a movie that my husband had added to our queue based on a recommendation from previous rentals so I had no idea what it was about or what to expect. I thought the acting was superb, particularly given the predominance of children in the cast, and the story was compelling and lovely, providing both laughter and tears - a combination I thoroughly enjoy in a movie! The nice thing was that it appealed to both my husband & myself, often a tough combination! Don't be put off by the subtitles...this is a definite one to rent.
I am a music lover, so this might appeal more to me than some, although I can't imagine anyone not appreciating it. The story itself has value. The lesson that working with people instead of against them results in greater achievement I think is an important element. There were disturbing aspects, but a happy ending. It was uplifting.