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Del director Christophe Barratier.
En 1948 Clément Mathieu, profesor de música desempleado, acepta un puesto como profesor vigilante en un internado de reeducación de menores. El sistema represivo aplicado por el director conmociona a Mathieu. Enseñándoles música y canto coral a estos niños tan difíciles, Mathieu transformará sus vidas cotidianas.
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 …
Former producer and musician Christophe Barratier is the writer-director of the shamelessly conceived feel-good nostalgic Les Choristes, a weepie melodrama about success in a boarding school for troubled youngsters due to a schleppy music teacher’s love for his students and his good nature. It was inspired by the 1945 film La Cage aux Rossignols. It’s a highly manipulative film about stereotype teachers and students, where the popular new teacher feuds with the dreaded martinet principal over school policies and does anything to get the unruly kids on his side–including covering up for their misbehavior. Somehow with all the heartstrings pulled, I didn’t feel anything more than being manipulated. This safe foreign import was nominated for Best Foreign film in the Oscars.
The film begins with a flashback which gives away any doubt that this is anything but a success story. One of the reform school students is identified as Pierre Morhange (Jacques Perrin), who some 40 years later is visited by a fellow schoolmate after his beloved mom dies and we see that Pierre has become a world famous music conductor.
In 1949, somewhere in central France, failed musician Clément Mathieu (Gérard Jugnot) is hired as a music teacher at a repressive reform school for boys. It’s run with an iron-hand by the hateful principal, Rachin (François Berléand), who looks upon the students with contempt and thinks that both teachers or students come here only because they are failures and hopeless. Mathieu’s subversive job is to prove him wrong at every turn, and he does so by not willingly going along with the principal’s action-reaction policy of corporal punishment for every offense. Soon the uncontrollable and unreachable students are brought into line when the timid teach overlooks the students mocking him, their cruel pranks, and their calling him baldy. Instead he goes full-steam ahead to form a boys choir. This draws in one of the troublemaker ring leaders, Pierre Morhange (Jean-Baptiste Maunier), who discovers he has a talent in music. After the redemptive power of music is established, which comes as no surprise, there’s a hint of a love story and perhaps some hanky-panky over illicit sex between teacher and students. But nothing materializes over either tale. The teach has a crush on Pierre’s pretty single mom Violette (Marie Bunel), and encourages her school visits, but she takes up with an engineer never knowing the teach had the hots for her. In any case, we now know that teach has a yearning for the ladies and not the boys. With those potential dramatics cleared up, that leaves the viewer to enjoy watching the fascist principal take it on the chin from the good-natured teacher as flexibility and goodness triumphs over rigidity and evil.
This kind of simplistic, timeworn, decent educational story doesn’t leave the viewer with much to think about, as everything is already carefully worked out to agree with the noble way adults see themselves as guardians for the young. In this sanitized project not one single thing was learned about the children, except the clichés drummed into us by the adults telling their story.
Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc Choir provided the good choir singing, the movies main virtue… by Dennis Schwartz.
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- Otros títulos: Les choristes, Los Chicos del Coro, Los Coristas, The Chorus
- Publicada por: Watesam
- País: Francia
- Director: Christophe Barratier
- Escritor(es): Christophe Barratier, Philippe Lopes-Curval
- Reparto: François Berléand, Gérard Jugnot, Jacques Perrin, Jean-Baptiste Maunier, Jean-Paul Bonnaire, Kad Merad, Marianne Basler, Marie Bunel, Maurice Chevit, Paul Chariéras
- Género: Comedia, Drama
- Fecha de Estreno: 2004
- Duración: 96 min.
De tanto en tanto, aparece una película que sabe ser tierna sin ser cursi, que nos muestra la naturaleza humana sin censurar nada. Un película (casi) sin prejuicios ideológicos, sin dualismos maniqueístas. Una película sobre la música, sobre el deseo de belleza que alberga el corazón de todo hombre, sobre la posibilidad del cambio, sobre la redención, sobre la educación … Una película, en el fondo, sobre esta siempre sorprendente cosa que llamamos el ser humano.
¿De que habla “Los chicos del coro”? Habla del hombre, de las relaciones humanas, y sobre todo de educación. Educación entendida no en el sentido moderno, reducida a instrucción técnica, sino en su sentido más verdadero, como introducción a la realidad total.
Magnífica película, con el añadido de una excelente banda sonora. (Fragmento de la crítica realizada por Juan Rojo en el sitio "CINEMANET.info")