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Les Choristes (Version française)

Gérard Jugnot , François Berléand , Christophe Barratier    DVD
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By getting nominated for Academy Awards in both the Foreign Language Film and Best Song categories, Les Choristes (The Chorus) made a rare (for a European film) double impression at the 2004 Oscars. This sentimental tale follows the arrival of a new teacher at a remote boys school in 1949 France (the war is a largely unspoken but ghostly presence). With disciplinary problems rampant, and the policies of the old-fashioned headmaster not helping, Monsieur Mathieu decides to introduce choral singing as a way to bridge the gap with his students. You don't need a crystal ball to figure out where this will go, although the movie uses its atmospheric location and lush vocal arrangements well. Bald, dumpy Gerard Jugnot provides a refreshingly offbeat hero (though securely in the traditions of the My Most Memorable Teacher movie); he's sort of a younger Philippe Noiret. Director Christophe Barratier works in the winsome-cute mode that makes a certain kind of French movie into an overly sweet bon bon, although at least this bon bon sings. --Robert Horton

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Condition: Very Good: An item that is used but still in very good condition. No damage to the jewel case or item cover no... Read moreabout the condition. Format: DVD. Region: DVD: 2 (Europe). Actors: Grard Jugnot Franois Berland Jean-Paul Bonnaire Kad Merad Marie Bunel. Directors: Christophe Barratier. Format: PAL. Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats. ). Run Time: 93 minutes. 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! When he takes a job teaching music at a school for troubled boys Clment Mathieu is unprepared for its harsh discipline and depressing atmosphere. But with passion and unconventional teaching methods he s able to spark his students interest in music and bring them a newfound joy! It also puts him at odds with the school s overbearing headmaster however locking Mathieu in a battle between politics and the determination to change his pupils lives! By getting nominated for Academy Awards in both the Foreign Language Film and Best Song categories Les Choristes (The Chorus) made a rare (for a European film) double impression at the 2004 Oscars. This sentimental tale follows the arrival of a new teacher at a remote boys school in 1949 France (the war is a largely unspoken but ghostly presence). With disciplinary problems rampant and the policies of the old-fashioned headmaster not helping Monsieur Mathieu decides to introduce choral singing as a way to bridge the gap with his students. You don t need a crystal ball to figure out where this will go although the movie uses its atmospheric location and lush vocal arrangements well. Bald dumpy Gerard Jugnot provides a refreshingly offbeat hero (though securely in the traditions of the My Most Memorable Teacher movie); he s sort of a younger Philippe Noiret. Director Christophe Barratier works in the winsome-cute mode that makes a certain kind of French movie into a

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Magnifique Aug. 10 2005
Format:DVD
Les choristes nous replongent dans un autre temps... Un temps pas si différent du notre finalement...
Film plein d'émotions et de belles valeurs... Parfois un peu trop... Un peu énervant même quand il surfe sur la vague: "Dans mon temps, c'était mieux..."
En tout cas, on ne peut pas ignorer le jeu magnifique des acteurs...
À voir absolument!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
"Les Choristes" ("The Chorus") is a familiar story about a teacher that comes into a school and makes a difference for students that nobody else cares about. Even when you narrow down the category to include teachers who use music you should be able to name enough movies in this genre to fill up at least one hand full of fingers. In fact, the only thing that might make this 2004 film different from the others you have seen from "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" to "Music of the Heart," is that it in French. That is because "Les Choristes" takes place in France.

At the start of this movie a man (Jacques Perrin) is awaken with news that someone has died. We learn that the man is a great conductor and when he goes home for the funeral there is another man (Didier Flamand) waiting for him. Many years ago they were students together at the Fond de l'Etang boarding school. Although this is not the best of circumstances, the other man has something to share with the conductor. The notebook of the man who was their teacher and who taught them how to sing. The opening page of the notebook is a sketch of the entrance to their school and the drawing transforms into a camera shot and we are back to the beginning of our story.

In 1949 Clement Mathieu (Gerard Jugnot) arrives at Fond de l'Etang to be the new prefect. His introduction to the students is when Rachin (Franciois Berleand), the head of the school, is disciplining the entire school because no one will admit to being the one who injured one of the teachers with a prank. Mathieu is a tad overweight and bald, so before the students even know his name they are calling him "Chrome Dome." He knows even less about the boys, but clearly he does not like the way they are being treated and he takes a series of different approaches in dealing with them.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emue! Dec 26 2005
Format:DVD
Quoi dire?! Je suis émue par les belles petites voix joyeuses de jeunes gosses troublés par la misère d'un monde qui les a négligés. Plusieurs sont des orphelins car leur parents n'avaient pas les moyens de les soutenir et donner a manger chaud matin,après midi et soir. La musique est le language des coeurs blessés ...Celui qui écrit de la musique est aussi celui qui souffre. On le remarque nortamment chez le nouveau superviseur et dans les yeux des enfants! Mais la musique s'établit comme instrument de changement dans le comportement de ces gosses! La musique leur portera espoir!!
Ce film est pour ceux qui veulent se rechauffer le coeur pour un bon petit deux heures. je vous le recommende fortement!D'ailleur ca en vaut la peine de l'acheter!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars C'est chouette! Sept. 24 2013
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This film was great. One of those wonderful school stories where one teacher makes a difference in many lives.

Language Note: This DVD has sous-titres in French and English making it perfect for French language students who prefer to read in French what they are hearing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Warming June 17 2009
By Raisin
Format:DVD
I felt like crying, then I felt like giving one of the characters in the movie a peice of my mind, you know how it is. It just goes to show that one person can make a difference in anothers life. Though it is somewhat a predictable movie, I was entertained with emotions all the way through and the singing/music was beautfiful.
A movie I will return to often....
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5.0 out of 5 stars great plot and music July 4 2014
Format:DVD
bought several copies as gifts over several times. great plot and music! my daughter had viewed it several times and it is one of her favourites. it was shown in her french class when she already saw it at home so she was able to appreciate it even more. not recommended for children younger than 13 due to coarse language. great gift for teachers and music lovers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful movie! Jan. 5 2014
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Heartwarming, reveals the kindness and also the mean side of man. The caring and love of a teacher changed the lives of many little ones.
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