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The Chorus (DVD)
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The Chorus (DVD)
Advantages: Nice drama
Disadvantages: Bit predictable in places
It is not often I go for subtitled films but this one came with a recommendation from a friend so I thought I would give it a try and I must say it was a very enjoyable drama.
Gerard Jugnot stars as Clement a teaching assistant in their forties who has just started a job at a new school in the years just after the end of WWII. The school is one for troublesome males and is a sort of borstal type place for those students excluded from regular school. Clement clashes with the strict abusive regime in the school which is personified in the brutal principal, a man called Rachin who is played by Francois Breland. Clement tries to reach out to the boys through music by starting a school choir and he must overcome the mistrust and cynicism of the students and the views of those in authority at the school who think he is too soft..
I liked the storyline that ran through this film, it is an intelligent bit of film making and tells a nice tale. Certainly the students despite the fact that they are meant to be trouble seem a little tame compared with what you see these days but the film works well even though your expectations are not really met on that score.
Whilst the plot does eventually vere to the predictable I liked the atmospheric feel of the film and having to read subtitles did not detract from that enjoyment. The performances are good especially from some of the students who have real prescence on camera.
A good foreign film and one worth watching. Four stars from me.
Summary: Nice foreign film