The Chorus (Les Choristes) Reviews
I am biased towards movies that 'speak' to me. I don't care, I am not professional anyway. Hee ...
I am not hoping too much for this movie. Before this, there are MONA LISA SMILE, SCHOOL OF ROCK, DEAD POETS SOCIETY, DANGEROUS MINDS, THE EMPEROR'S CLUB etc etc. But wait... lo and behold. I want to shout it out. I love it, l love it, I LOVE IT! I can't wait to recommend this movie to my colleagues. Send them an email! Tell them on Monday. I was telling myself.
I can relate very well to this movie. Some classes are so notorious that the noise made before you see the class seems more like a war-cry. All of them against only you! They are despised by the school. They know that and you will be surprised, they are sad to know that. In response, they rebel. There are surely times when you are faced with a blatantly rude student who rip apart your ideals and beliefs and step on them. If your self-discipline is not in check, the immediate reaction is a slap across the cocky face. They have nothing to lose. They know the rules and punishment, maybe even better than you. They will not stoop to lick your boots but on the contrary they know where to push the buttons and watch you go insane. How to win their hearts back? Learn from this movie. For a start, play along and don't things so seriously. Learn to be nice but firm. Don't take every mischief as a challenge to your well-guarded authority and ... your ego. I can't say I master it but these hard-learned lessons I remember over the years.
There is a very touching episode. The most notorious boy in the class happens to be a singing talent. The teacher encourages him and grooms him. One day, sensing that the teacher likes his mother, he throws ink on him, disappointing deeply both his mother and teacher. The teacher understands the boy so there is no corporal punishment or a reprimand. He just simply one day tells him that his voice is good but not indispensable in the choir. On the day when the choir sings to an important guest, he stands at one side looking angry and jealous. The guest asks about him and the teacher explains that he is a special case. In the middle of the performance, the teacher signals to him to sing his solo part. The 'special case' sings most beautifully because he sings with pride and ... immense gratitude. Later, with the help from the teacher, he gets a scholarship in a reputable music school and becomes, what we know at the opening of the movie, an orchestra conductor.
The movie is too short. I did not want it to end so soon. I want to know more about what happen next to the characters whom I grow to love so much. Well, I guess I have to let it be. Like the teacher, it is simply a humble and since labour of love. I have a feeling it doesn't even think highly of itself. I love this movie even more.
Expected Rating: B+
Even though Mathieu is a failed musician, he didn't give up on his music. Comme il a dit . Although he never became famous, through music, he changed the kids' lives because he gave them a chance to do something, he gave them care that obviously Rachin didn't.
It's all about action-reaction -- give them harsh punishments (like Mondain or Mouton), they'll want revenge; give them a chance and hope, they change for the better.
Les Choristes est la «dramadie» d'année! Le film était excellent du début à la fin. Mes premières impressions du film est que l'école était un très effraient place et le directeur M. Rachin était très méchant au gars. J'aime ce film beaucoup c'était très drôle et c'est très facile de relier avec les personnages. J'ai eu la difficulté de ne regarde pas. Et il y a un très bon message dans le film. M. Mathieu ne voulais pas enseigner la musique encore, mais quand il réalise que les gars peuvent chanter il décide de suivre ses passions et d'enseigner la musique encore. Alors, le message est de toujours suivre tes passions et rêves. Les acteurs étaient incroyable ils ont joué leurs rôles parfaitement! L'endroit pour l'école était parfaite aussi, s'ajoute à l'atmosphère effarant d'école. Et la musique était formidable, j'avais chaque chanson dans ma tête pour le reste du jour après qu'on a regarder le film. Je recommande ce film a n'importe qui! C'était un des meilleurs films français que j'ai vue dans un long temps.