The Choir

The Choir

Francois Girard (2014)

102min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
A petulant young boy is given a life-changing opportunity in this passable music drama. Newcomer Garrett Wareing plays an 11-year-old troublemaker gifted with an angelic singing voice, who winds up at America's National Boychoir Academy after his mother dies. The Academy functions as a prestigious boarding school for talented singers, and it's there that Wareing comes into conflict with both the pupils and the teaching staff,includingDustin Hoffman, the school's hard-to-please conductor. From here, the story veers between familiar and predictable, as we follow a disadvantaged youngster who is trying to earn respect from the people around him. Nevertheless, the singing is beautiful and the performances are solid, with Hoffman gaining quality support from the likes of Kathy Bates and Eddie Izzard. If you're looking for a harmless crowd-pleaser, this will fit the bill.

Summary

A troubled young orphan is sent to an elite choral academy following the death of his single mother. He rebels against its rules, but the school's choirmaster is determined to help him deal with his anger by nurturing his unique musical talents. Drama, starring Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Debra Winger, Eddie Izzard and Garrett Wareing.

Cast & Crew

Carvelle Dustin Hoffman
Headmistress Kathy Bates
Ms Steele Debra Winger
Drake Eddie Izzard
Stet Garrett Wareing
Wooly Kevin McHale
Gerard Josh Lucas
Devon Joe West
Director Francois Girard
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Curzon Film WorldGuidance: Some violence, swearing.Available on: DVDReleased on: 10 Jul 2015
Drama