The Chorus (R2) in July - Specs & Menu Screen added
Pathe Distribution Ltd. have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of The Chorus for 11th July 2005 priced at £19.99. Inspired by the 1945 classic, La Cage aux rossignols (The Cage of Nightingales) The Chorus stars Gérard Jugnot as Clément Mathieu, a despondent composer and newly employed teacher who arrives at Fond de l'Etang (Rock Bottom) a dismal reform school for boys. The year is 1949 and the country has not yet recovered from the devastating effects of World War II. Many of the school-boys are orphaned, and are there to be taught discipline. Mathieu undoubtedly faces a challenge, not least from Rachin (Francois Berleand), the cruel and totalitarian headmaster.
Out of his depth and desperate to develop a rapport with his charges, Mathieu turns to his passion, music. Despite Rachin’s objections he organises the boys into a choir. For once they are given a place to belong, and the unusual attention and encouragement entices even the more onerous students to participate. Even in the most incorrigible boy, Pierre Moranghe (Jean Baptise Maunier), Mathieu eventually uncovers a remarkable talent.
Mathieu’s fresh attitude infects the other teachers and Rachin, feeling his authorative grip on the school begin to ebb away, becomes bitter about Mathieu’s success. When Mondain, a particularly vicious student, proves immune to the effect of Mathieu’s teachings and wrecks havoc, the tension reaches breaking point. The consequences for all involved are dire.
- 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
- French DD5.1 with English subtitles
- 72-minute making of documentary
- Theatrical Trailer