From 10:30, we will screen The Chorus (French: Les Choristes), a 2004 French-German-Swiss drama film directed by Christophe Barratier. Co-written by Barratier and Philippe Lopes-Curval (fr). It is an adaptation of the 1945 film A Cage of Nightingales (La Cage aux rossignols), which in turn was adapted by Noël-Noël and René Wheeler from a story by Wheeler and Georges Chaperot. The original French title translates as "The Choristers" or "The Choirboys", not "The Chorus".
The plot involves the widely successful orchestra conductor Pierre Morhange (Jacques Perrin), who returns to France when his mother dies. He reminisces about his childhood inspirations when he and his former classmate Pépinot (Didier Flamand) read the diary of their old music teacher Clément Mathieu (Gérard Jugnot). In 1949, a young Morhange is the badly behaved son of single mother Violette (Marie Bunel). He attends the boarding institution for "difficult" boys, Fond de L'Étang ("Bottom of the Pond"), presided over by strict headmaster Monsieur Rachin (François Berléand). New teacher Clement Mathieu brightens up the school and assembles a choir, leading to the discovery of Morhange's musical and physical talents and a transformation in the children.
At the 77th Academy Awards, The Chorus was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Original Song (the latter for "Vois sur ton chemin", listed as "Look to Your Path"). This will be followed by a roast dinner with complimentary wine and a range of desserts. Tickets available from Rona Colbert Ph.579 7605 or at the Information Table at APO concerts. There are only 55 tickets in all so be quick.