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The Chorus


An inspirational story in the rich tradition of MUSIC OF THE HEART and MR. HOLLAND'S OPUS, THE CHORUS has moved critics everywhere to declare it one of the year's very best films!

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PAUSE for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
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3 out of 5

Boarding school antics and the power of music.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie depicts young boys acting out at a boarding school. They set booby traps for faculty members, sneak cigarettes when left alone, and use some foul language. The headmaster of the school has little patience with the boys and resorts to heavy paddlings. He even puts some of the worst troublemakers into a solitary confinement cell. A significant theft of school funds occurs, and one of the boys is the culprit. When the boys called upon by the school prefect to sing any songs they might know, a few contain toilet-based or sexual lyrics.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the state of the boarding school prior to the formation of the choir. Why did the boys act out? Was it because of the headmaster's abusive tactics? Why doesn't the headmaster correct the thief's mistaken identity with the police? How does Mr. Mathieu's interest in Morhange's mother lead him to to treat the boy differently?

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The Chorus resonates through the brie.

- Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Sure Chorus may be sentimental cheese, but it comes directly from the heart.

- Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Thursday, January 27, 2005

Fresh: So infused with nostalgia, optimism and authenticity, it will prove irresistible to the older art-house demographic.

- Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

A charming, little french movie about a school teacher and his fight against the stiff director and for his rascals. I say "little" movie, because the film has a very b-movie feel about it. The humour is subtle, so is the direction and the acting. As with many french comedies (or comedy/dramas), the tone is slightly flamboyant and the lust for life (passion pour la vie) emits from the screen. The cast works quite well, despite being very typecast and grotesque at times. The lead (Jugnot) is faboulous as the goofy, but good hearted teacher, so is the mean Berleand. The boys are quite solid in their performance as well, also their stories are not told independently of the main character, so they are rather one-sided characters in the movie. Maybe it is just me, but I thought that the movie had quite a homosexual undertone (History Boys in French) which was a bit discomforting considering the age of the boys, but as I said, maybe that is just me, there is no direct indication for that. The ending is as you would expect it, but not as bombastic and flat as in American mainstream cinema, more subtle and believable, it also ties in nicely with the story. Id recommend this movie for rainy Tuesday evening. You guys know what I am trying to say. HX

- HenrikSchunk, Friday, January 22, 2010

4 stars

Les Choristes is a story told in a flashback, when a reunion occurs between two men who were in the school together a half century earlier. The film invited us to understand these boys sensibility and why there were treated so badly. In fact, they have always been treated badly by institutions, educators and parents. The importance of fathers in their lives and their great need for a substitute, because the natural fathers were missing, was beautifully explored in this film. The screenplay was very effective in showing how the combination of giving boys strong education, or winning their heart with tenderness was possible. This film helped to understand how the human being can be hard at one moment, and sweet to the next. A worth to watch.

- mvieaddict, Saturday, June 13, 2009

3 stars

This is heartwarming and not too schmaltzy.

- juliryan, Friday, June 7, 2013