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The Chorus (2004)

Les choristes (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, Music | 17 March 2004 (France)
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The new teacher at a severely administered boys' boarding school works to positively affect the students' lives through music.
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Paul Bonnaire ...
Marie Bunel ...
Violette Morhange
Grégory Gatignol ...
Thomas Blumenthal ...
Cyril Bernicot ...
Le Querrec
Simon Fargeot ...
Théodule Carré-Cassaigne ...
Philippe du Janerand ...
Monsieur Langlois
Carole Weiss ...
La Comtesse
Erick Desmarestz ...
Le Docteur Dervaux


Fond de l'Etang is a boarding school for troubled boys located in the French countryside. In the mid-twentieth century, it is run by the principal M. Rachin, an egotistical disciplinarian whose official unofficial mantra for the school is "action - reaction", meaning that there will be severe consequences for any boy out of line. This approach does not seem to be working as the boys as a collective are an unruly bunch. In turn, the teachers don't teach, but are always watching out for the next subversive act from the boys. January 15, 1949 marks the arrival to the school of the new supervisor, M. Clément Mathieu, a middle-aged man who is grasping at finding his place in life after a series of failed endeavors. Although he does find the boys an unruly lot, Mathieu does not believe in the "action - reaction" policy, and as such, butts heads with Rachin while secretly undermining the policy. Slowly, Mathieu's approach of trying to match the discipline to the crime does have a positive ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language/sexual references and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 March 2004 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Chorus  »

Box Office


€5,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,193,442 (France) (19 March 2004)


$3,629,758 (USA) (20 May 2005)

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2.35 : 1
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In 2004, this was the #1 movie at the French box office, with more than 8.6 million admissions. See more »


When the now-bandaged Maxence shows Mathieu around on his first day he shows him a wall with photos of the school benefactresses and the motto "Labor improdus omnia vincit" which is attributed to Virgil. But the second word is incorrect - it should read "improbus". Translations vary but it means something like "Persistent hard work conquers everything." See more »


Chabert: Action. Reaction.
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Remake of A Cage of Nightingales (1945) See more »


In Memoriam A Cappella
Lyrics By, Music By Christophe Barratier
Music By Bruno Coulais
Orchestra: Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra-Sif 309, Conductor Deyan Pavlov'
© 2004 Warner Bros. Records,WEA Music (p) 2004 Galatée Films
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6 September 2004 | by (Bern, CH) – See all my reviews

200 people were attending this movie in the theater, when the light went back after the movie was finished, nobody had moved, all the eyes were red. When Jean-Baptiste sings, it just takes you by your guts. The story is fantastic, the music is magic, Jugnot is expectedly grandiose... The picture itself is made "à la" 50s, it's very special but truly desserves the highest awards. I cannot give anything below 10 here. I swear you'll love this movie, if you don't, get back to your pop corn bucket and go and watch that Riddick sh1te, at least you'll get what you desserve.


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