The Chorus

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Overview

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...
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Drawing on sentiments previously expressed in cinematic form with such films as Goodbye Mr. Chips, Stand and Deliver, Lean on Me, and Mr. Holland's Opus to name just a few, The Chorus a.k.a. Les Choristes explores the relationship between a beloved educator and his impressionable young students. In this case the mentor is Clement Mathieu Gerard Jugnot, a middle-aged teacher’s assistant whose tenure in a French boarding school becomes infinitely more interesting when he forms a boys’ choir. It smacks too much of fun to the headmaster, an iron-fisted disciplinarian, and indeed some of the “difficult” students create problems that threaten to sink the venture. But some of the boys, like Pierre Morhange Jean-Baptiste Maunier show unusual promise, and Clement puts his career on the line to keep the choir going. Like most movies of this type, The Chorus hews to a formula established long, long ago. There are the predictable problems with the establishment, the difficult student whom the teacher implores to explore his own talent, the moment of crashing despair, and the moment of supreme triumph. And, of course, there’s the Big Performance. But director Christopher Barratier brings an easygoing charm to the proceedings by playing on the expectations of his viewers, giving each familiar sequence a cute little fillip. You may have seen it all before, but The Chorus is a fresh arrangement of a familiar symphony.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/11/2014
  • UPC: 031398139119
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 684

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gérard Jugnot Clement Mathieu
François Berléand Rachin
Kad Merad Chabert
Jacques Perrin Pierre Morhange, As Adult
Jean-Baptiste Maunier Pierre Morhange, as Child
Marie Bunel Vilette Morhange
Jean-Paul Bonnaire Maxence
Philippe du Janerand Lanlois
Maxence Perrin Pepinot, as Child
Didier Flamand Pepinot, as Adult
Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc Choir
Technical Credits
Christophe Barratier Director, Songwriter, Screenwriter
Marc Baraduc Asst. Director
Sylvie Brochere Casting
Nicolas Cantin Sound/Sound Designer
Francois Chuvaud Production Designer
Arthur Cohn Producer
Bruno Coulais Score Composer
Yves Deschamps Editor
Bernard Ducroc Art Director
Jean-Pierre Gaillot Art Director
Dominique Gentil Cinematographer
Francoise Guegan Costumes/Costume Designer
Gérard Jugnot Associate Producer
Romain Legrand Associate Producer
Philippe Lopes-Curval Screenwriter
Nicolas Mauvernay Producer
Nicolas Naegelen Sound/Sound Designer
Jacques Perrin Producer
Daniel Sobrino Sound/Sound Designer
Carlo Varini Cinematographer
Ruth Waldburger Associate Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Fond De L'Etang [7:35]
2. First Day [12:09]
3. An Experiment [6:41]
4. Violette [5:41]
5. A Choir? [6:15]
6. Mondain [9:09]
7. The Glorious Path [6:15]
8. Changes [5:21]
9. Underground [5:48]
10. Thanks to You [10:15]
11. The Countess [7:48]
12. Up in Smoke [4:37]
13. Adieu [4:52]
14. End Credits [4:13]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Captions and Subtitles
      English
      English for the Hearing Impaired
      Spanish
      None
   Scene Selection
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Hauntingly Beautiful

    The characters, plot, and especially the music, are hauntingly beautiful. We were touring in France the summer of 2004; the music was heard everywhere we went; had to find a Fnac to buy the soundtrack ASAP. Finally saw the movie with English subtitles at the US opening in LA later that year. I rarely buy a movie DVD, but this is so very memorable and inspiring that I had to have a copy. What we can do when we look for the good in individuals and seek to encourage to bring out their best. What great harm when we sink to stereotype and let our frustrations rule.
    Watch and let your spirit soar!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    marvelous chorus

    excelent movie showing us that when you love what you do ( to teach kids and to write music in this story) you can do miracles ( transform orfans kids without hope in an admirable team of singers).I have enjoyed this movie very much,I recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    One of the 2004 Best

    I simply loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    gorgeous voices

    This movie was amazing. i fell in love with peirre morhange's (Jean-Baptiste Maunier) when i first saw the movie. The music the boys choir makes is gorgeous. i recommend this move!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    heart-warming-take-your-breath-away-touchingly-stunning

    this movie is sure to warm your heart from top to bottom from beginning to end. complete with a wonderful story-line, absolutely incredible choir music, and angellic solos that will take your breath away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME!

    great movie! the actors were superb! its a movie that shows emotion, hardship, and learning. Jean-Baptiste Maunier has a beautiful voice and is very hot! wonderful...must see!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely Amazing

    Although the plot was somewhat predictable (teacher comes to school of troubled boys and completely changes their lives), the story as a whole was one of hope for society in general It demonstrates how music can make a difference in the world. The characters bring the difference between innocence and guilt into perspective as well as provide for us (the viewing audience) with countless laughs and tears as we explore the lives of these unforgettable children.

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