Fecha Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Do you think it is possible to reach a bit of happiness living in an orphanage? ‘The chorus’, one of the my favourite films, is a French drama (2004 ) directed by Christophe Barratier. It was adapted from a story by Wheeler and Georges Chaperot. The film explores the pain of a child’s separation from his parents and the transcendence of music as the greatest form of expression.

It opens when Morhange, the main character, who attended some years ago at correctional school ‘Fond de L’Etang’, begins to read the journal of Clément Mathieu, the school supervisor and unofficial choirmaster. Then the film takes as back to 1949 when Mathieu arrived at school. Resigned to give up his dream of composing music, he is optimistic about his new job, although he will have to face difficult situations. He is also warned against some of the more violent students, but not all of them are so bad. Mathieu doesn’t share the school’s strict rules, which include corporal punishments and, after several attempts to give discipline to the students, he decides to try to get to them through music so he successfully managed a chorus.

I would like to encourage as many people as possible to see this film. I think it’s well performed and directed. I  specially enjoy the touching music we listen to, which gives us the idea that music is not only the greatest form of expression but the best way to reach a complete development.

Amada González Lobo

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