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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
3 out of 5
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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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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

4 stars

Beautiful movie! Sweet. Heart warming. Charming. The actual chorus of young children they used for this movie sang like angels. This little film gives me hope that if children are engaged in the arts in some form, it becomes possible for them to overcome, or at least survive, the damage of earlier years of neglect.

- itsjustme2004, Saturday, December 10, 2011

5 stars

The Chorus is a charming story of hope infused with so much optimism and nostalgia. Genuine, heartwarming, and greatly inspiring. A humble, beautiful ballad to celebrate innocence and beauty. A joyful watch. Resonating.

- fb1216165431, Saturday, September 10, 2011

5 stars

Family friendly, heartfelt, and a cinematic masterpiece. A contender for Best Foreign Film, it delivers.

- FrizzDrop, Wednesday, September 8, 2010