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Hugely Popular French Film
to Screen at UW-Eau Claire Dec. 7-10

RELEASED: Nov. 22, 2006

scene from "The Chorus"EAU CLAIRE — "The Chorus" (France/Switzerland/Germany 2004), a sentimental period drama and Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film, will screen Dec. 7-10 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The International Film Society will present the film at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

In 1948, music professor Clement Mathieu (Gerard Jugnot) accepts a position at a repressive boarding school populated by a rag-tag group of boys and run by a tyrannical headmaster (Francois Berleand). Mathieu sees a chance to bring some joy into the boys' lives by establishing a chorus. Because his idea angers the headmaster, Mathieu must proceed in secret but the power of music and his generosity of self change his students forever.

"Loosely adapted from the 1947 film 'A Cage of Nightingales,' 'The Chorus' has a strong, well-told story in which the activities of the choir form the background," wrote Kevin Thomas in the Los Angeles Times. "[Director Christophe] Barratier plays against the potential sentimentality of his material with enough humor and tough-mindedness to achieve a note of bittersweetness that seems just right. Warm, intimate and perceptive, 'The Chorus' succeeds completely, with Jugnot its mainstay in a winning portrayal of a seemingly ordinary man of much resilience and considerable inner resources."

"This shamelessly corny and sentimental movie, beautifully shot in the Chateau Ravel in provincial Puy-le-Dome with a lively cast of angelic-voiced boys and sterling character actors, was the top-grossing French movie last year," wrote Michael Wilmington in the Chicago Tribune. "I'm not ashamed to say it touched me too."

In French subtitled in English, the 96-minute film is rated PG-13.

Admission is $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and $1 for UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the Service Center, 715-836-3727, in Davies Center's east lobby and will be sold at the door.

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