Tuesday, 11 November 2008
Film, Les Choristes
The local film club showed Les Choristes (the Choir) last week. I highly recommended it. Filmed in 2004, in French with subtitles, mostly black and white, but don’t let that put you off. In 1949 a new master joins a grim boarding school for difficult boys in rural France and transforms their lives with his music. OK, well, even if the plot is predictable, it is very moving, and witty rather than earnest. Wonderful, wonderful singing. A film for older children to enjoy too, no sex, little violence, just some fairly bad language from time to time, but I guess you could turn off the subtitles. It reminds me of TV series when Gareth Malone encourage his unlikely pupils to enjoy singing - except that his struggle was real, of course. But do get hold of the CD and watch Les Choristes. Here is a link to some YouTube clips of the music.