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      The Chorus

      PG-13 Released Jan 14, 2005 1h 37m Drama List
      68% Tomatometer 107 Reviews 92% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings 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. Read More Read Less
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      While predictable, this low-key heartwarmer manages to be uplifting without overdoing the sentiment.

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      Empire Magazine Rated: 3/5 Apr 1, 2006 Full Review Marrit Ingman Austin Chronicle Rated: 2.5/5 Jun 4, 2005 Full Review Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel It never aims higher than a sweet sort of middling. And it succeeds. Rated: 3/5 Apr 29, 2005 Full Review Richard Propes TheIndependentCritic.com It is a simple, familiar story brought to life uniquely and touchingly. Rated: 3.5/4.0 Sep 5, 2020 Full Review David Gurney Common Sense Media Boarding school antics and the power of music. Rated: 3/5 Jan 1, 2011 Full Review Doris Toumarkine Film Journal International So infused with nostalgia, optimism and authenticity, it will prove irresistible to the older art-house demographic. Mar 1, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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      LCM One of my absolute favourites. This movie just hit me right in the feels. The kids are amazing. Shout out to Jean-Baptiste Maunier (the main kid) , he has a beautiful singing voice that truly gave me chills. A lovely movie that everyone should watch. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/02/23 Full Review Flobine Bon film avec une trame sonore correcte. J'ai aimé les jeunes: ils jouent bien et ils réussissent à nous tirer des émotions facilement. La sagesse et la gentillesse du professeur sont parties intégrantes de cette oeuvre touchante. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 10/22/23 Full Review Alex R Great positive story Rated 4 out of 5 stars 09/09/23 Full Review colin m (In French, with subtitles.) A school evolves a choir. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review kason y This movie is weirdly paced and nothing feels well earned. It just does anything it can to thicken the plot, mostly by using the most infuriating character ever. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review dave s When teacher Clemente Mathieu arrives to accept a teaching position at a French boarding school for troubled boys, he is disturbed to discover it is ruled by draconian disciplinary doctrines. Setting out to change the culture, he soon finds that he is impacting on the lives of his charges, most notably singing prodigy Pierre. It is the sort of movie that you can't help but think you've seen countless times before, but The Chorus never slides into shameless sentimentality like many of its counterparts. Granted, it is very predictable and very talky, but the strong performances by the entire cast and an important message put it a notch above others of its kind. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis 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.
      Director
      Christophe Barratier
      Producer
      Jacques Perrin, Arthur Cohn, Nicolas Mauvernay
      Screenwriter
      Christophe Barratier
      Distributor
      Miramax Films
      Production Co
      France 2 Cinema, Pathé Cinéma
      Rating
      PG-13 (Some Language|Sex References|Violence)
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      French (France)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 14, 2005, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 8, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $3.6M
      Runtime
      1h 37m