Les Choristes Poster

Release Date: 2004

PG-13|1 hr 37 min

Plot Summary
Pierre (Jean-Baptiste Maunier) is an aimless child at an austere boarding school in France. The students and faculty are constantly at odds with one another, until a music teacher, Clément Mathieu (Gérard Jugnot), arrives and starts a choir. Clément -- who has troubles of his own -- tries to change the reactionary policies of the school, choosing instead to encourage his students. His efforts have a particular impact on Pierre, who shows great musical promise.

Cast: Gérard Jugnot, François Berléand, Kad Merad, Jacques Perrin, Jean-Baptiste Maunier, Marie Bunel, Jean-Paul Bonnaire, Philippe du Janerand

Director: Christophe Barratier

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Pathé Cinéma, France 2 Cinema

Keywords: Amusing, School, Transformation, Growing up, 1940s, Passionate, France

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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. show more

  • Most of the film, a debut feature directed by Christophe Barratier, is quite shamelessly formulaic. The Chorus redeems itself, though, with Mr. Jugnot's astute, understated performance.

  • Like "Mr. Holland's Opus," only in French, with an all-boy cast in white shirts and short pants, The Chorus is the kind of sugary, crowd-pleasing fare that only the most curmudgeonly moviegoer can frown upon. show more

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Awards

Nominated Film Not in the English Language
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2004)
Nominated Foreign Language Film
Nominated Music (Original Song)
Nominated Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2004)
Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2004)