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The Chorus | 2005 | PG-13 | - 3.4.4

Set in the late 1940s, a professor of music (Gerard Jugnot) is appointed to the position of Supervisor at a "boarding school for difficult children." He finds himself at odds with the director who believes that rehabilitation can only be achieved through the action-reaction approach and harsh, often abusive discipline. The new supervisor believes that he can make a difference in their lives by introducing them to music and begins writing pieces for the boys to perform. Also with Francois Berleand, Jean-Baptiste Maunier, Jean-Paul Bonnaire and Jacques Perrin. Directed by Christophe Barratier. In French with English subtitles. [1:35]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man finds another man in the restroom with three boys and makes the assumption that something inappropriate is taking place. Boys look through a man's papers and talk about there being "no nude girls." A boy talks about having seen some girls that day and another boy asks if they were "naked." Boys are shown bare-chested while showering.
 A boy sings a song for his teacher that contains sexual references. Three boys sing a song that includes crude anatomical terms and sexual references. A boy makes a sexually suggestive remark.
 A man and a woman kiss on the cheeks.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A boy is paddled (we see the paddle being swung, hear the smack and see the boy jerk with each blow). A boy is put into a dark cell and the door is locked (this happens in several scenes to different boys). A man shoves a boy and we are told that he will be locked up for two weeks because he was caught stealing something. Two boys fight and wrestle on the ground, and one is locked up for punishment. A man pulls a boy by the arm. A boy is grabbed by the arm and pulled away. Two men slap two boys on the backs of their heads. A man yells at a group of boys and threatens them with punishment. Several boys hit another boy for doing something that may cause them all to be punished. Men yell at boys in several scenes.
 A man slaps a boy in the face repeatedly; the boy lunges at the man and holds him around the throat until he is pulled off him by another man. A man yells at a man and insults him.
 A man hits his head on a glass pane in a door, and the glass breaks, cutting his forehead (we hear him moaning and see his hand with blood on it). We see a man's forehead with a bloody gash on it and a bloody bandage is removed.
 We hear that a boy's parents were killed in a Nazi concentration camp. A boy says that he "did in" a man with a bayonet, and "bled him dry." We hear that a boy jumped or fell off a school roof and died. A man is taken to the hospital after suffering a cut on his head and we hear that he has gotten worse. We hear that a boy is being punished and we see him scrubbing floors with a brush. We hear that a man's mother has died, we see him and others gathered around a gravesite as the coffin is lowered into the ground.
 A boy smokes and blows smoke in a man's face, and a boy spills ink onto a man's head. A man is accidentally hit in the face with a ball. A boy blows a raspberry at a man. Boys take a man's book and throw it back and forth keeping it from him.
 A building burns and we hear people panicking that several boys may still be trapped inside.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 3 sexual references, 6 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 10 mild obscenities, name-calling (idiot, jerk, creep), 1 religious exclamation.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Boys are shown smoking cigarettes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Behavior problems, love of music, boarding schools, justice, cruelty, corporal punishment, abuse, oppressive disciplinary practices, parental disappointment, single motherhood, pathological lying, sexual molestation, theft, feeling abandoned, Nazi concentration camps.

MESSAGE - The power of music can inspire. Oppressive discipline, including corporal punishment, can only lead to continued bad behavior, or even worse.

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