The Chorus

Rated NR 2005

The Sound of Music, Mr. Holland's Opus, Music of the Heart -- once again we're in a feel-good film that unites delinquent kids, a devoted (if professionally frustrated) teacher, and the transformative power of music. It's 1949 in France, at a boarding school for wayward boys. The campus is a dungeon, and Principal Rachin (François Berleand) its brutal master. Lockups are de rigueur, as is the constant bark for "Silence!" Snooze. Ten minutes have passed, and you know exactly what's going to happen. Enter Mr. Mathieu (Gerard Jugnot), a kindly teacher who confronts a class of marauding children who are determined to undermine his attempts to love them. How does he win them over? With music. Mathieu is a failed composer. He had given up on music, but now he sees he must peel the bandages off of his personal wound and resurrect the music for the good of the boys, if not for the movie. Did nobody involved in this project notice that it was retreading a very deep groove?

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