The Chorus (Les Choristes) (2005)

The Chorus (Les Choristes) (2005)



Critic Consensus: While predictable, this low-key heartwarmer manages to be uplifting without overdoing the sentiment.

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French producer and musician Christophe Barratier makes his directorial debut with the drama Les Choristes, inspired by the 1947 film La Cage aux Rossignols. Wildly successful orchestra conductor Pierre Morhange (Jacques Perrin) returns home when his mother dies. He recollects his childhood inspirations through the pages of a diary kept by his old music teacher Clément Mathieu (Gérard Jugnot). Back in the late '40s, little Pierre (Jean-Baptiste Maunier) is the badly behaved son of single mother Violette (Marie Bunel). He attends a dreary boarding school presided over by strict headmaster Rachin (François Berléand). New teacher Mathieu brightens up the place and organizes a choir, leading to the discovery of Pierre's musical talents. Featuring performances by Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc Choir. Les Choristes was shown at the Berlin Film Festival in 2004. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi
PG-13 (for some language)
Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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Jean-Baptiste Maunier
as Pierre Morhange
Maxence Perrin
as Pepinot
Gérard Jugnot
as Clement Mathieu
Kad Merad
as Chabert
Marie Bunel
as Violette Morhange
Philippe Du Janerand
as Monsieur Langlois
Jacques Perrin
as Adult Pierre Morhange
Didier Flamand
as Adult Pepinot
Jean-Paul Bonnaire
as Old Maxence
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Critic Reviews for The Chorus (Les Choristes)

All Critics (107) | Top Critics (32)

It never aims higher than a sweet sort of middling. And it succeeds.

April 29, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

There's very little in The Chorus you haven't seen before, but the movie's depth of sentiment -- especially its profound humanism -- makes it worth experiencing again.

February 18, 2005
Miami Herald
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Ultimately effective on its own unambitious terms, but it's not the freshest thing to come down the pike.

Full Review… | January 28, 2005
Washington Post
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Rises above feelgood status by virtue of its credible acting and outstanding score.

Full Review… | January 28, 2005
Toronto Star
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We smile and maybe even weep on cue, but we're still kept at a distance looking in, peering through a pretty window.

January 28, 2005
Seattle Times
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It says nothing new about its well-worn theme of teacher as deliverer.

Full Review… | January 28, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for The Chorus (Les Choristes)


It is very easy to feel enchanted by the beautiful songs and the accessible, formulaic narrative, but the problem is that this film is in fact a silly fantasy that could hardly take place in real life, with a predictable plot and all those clichés found in movies about inspirational teachers.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Touching and moving film about the profound impact youth and hope can have on the roadweary willing to take chances and accept the hands dealt...and vice versa. Really worth seeing for anyone who was inspired by a teacher in their youth or who thinks thay may have inspired others.

Christian C
Christian C

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Beautiful movie! Sweet. Heart warming. Charming. The actual chorus of young children they used for this movie sang like angels. This little film gives me hope that if children are engaged in the arts in some form, it becomes possible for them to overcome, or at least survive, the damage of earlier years of neglect.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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