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  • Actors: Gérard Jugnot, François Berléand, Jean-Baptiste Maunier, Kad Merad, Jean-Paul Bonnaire
  • Directors: Christophe Barratier
  • Writers: Christophe Barratier, Georges Chaperot, Noël-Noël, Philippe Lopes-Curval, René Wheeler
  • Producers: Gérard Jugnot, Arthur Cohn
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: eOne Films Distribution
  • Release Date: May 3 2005
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000811672
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,208 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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 d’éducation du directeur Rachin peine à maintenir l’autorité sur des élèves difficiles. En familiarisant les pensionnaires à la magie du chant, Mathieu va transformer leur vie...

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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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I love this movie. Lessons in human spirit - the good and the unkind. One person can make such a huge difference. I am trying to immerse myself in French ( self-taught with online app DUO). I have watched it twice, but it is not a chore.
The music is beautiful too.
Soon I will turn the subtitles off.
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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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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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"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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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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I am a high school French teacher and I absolutely loved this movie. Even better, so did my students - ages 15-18. A wonderful story that "hooks" you no matter what your age. I will use this in my classes for many years to come, as well as watching it again and again for my own enjoyment.
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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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I ordered this second copy so friends can borrow enjoy it also. I have watched this movie over and over. Great movie!
I was very happy with the service and delivery of my product.
Thank you very much!
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