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Les Choristes (Version française)
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1949, post-War France - In a dark, doom-filled school for troubled boys where hope itself is in short supply, a mild-mannered new teacher has just arrived, only to find himself surrounded by prepubescent thieves, inveterate liars, unapologetic rebels and lost souls beyond reach. When he introduces these supposedly hard-core delinquents to something they've never experienced before - the freedom and joy of music - he discovers there is far more to these children than anyone dared to believe.
En 1949, Clément Mathieu, professeur de musique sans emploi, est nommé surveillant dans un internat de rééducation pour mineurs. Particulièrement répressif, le système déducation du directeur Rachin peine à maintenir lautorité sur des élèves difficiles. En familiarisant les pensionnaires à la magie du chant, Mathieu va transformer leur vie...
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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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.
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!
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.Read more ›
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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Les Choristes (The Chorus), Director Christophe Barratier. This film was a 2004 Academy Award Nominee in the category of Best Foreign Language Film and a 2005 César Nominee... Read morePublished 10 days ago by TheSphinx
Excellent movie with students, but MUST pre-watch. Language in 3 or 4 places makes it a caution, but the story is absolutely worth it.Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
I am learning french now and always want to watch french movies. I like this movie not only it's in french and has the option to choose the language of subtitle. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Guangyu Zhu
I ordered this after my youngest was assigned a solo with his choir. The song was Caresse sur l'ocean, and it is just one of the highlights of this movie. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Stephanie Hemmings