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The Choir

Boychoir
  • 2015
  • US
  • 103 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: François Girard
  • Written by: Ben Ripley
  • Cast: Garrett Wareing, Dustin Hoffman, Josh Lucas, Kathy Bates
  • UK release: 10 July 2015

Stet (Wareing) is a rebellious 11 year old with a beautiful singing voice. When his single mother is killed, his biological father enrols him in a choir school under the stern supervision of Carvelle (Hoffman.) Girard dials down the expected sentimentality, Hoffman underplays nicely, and with fine work from Wareing and Bates it's a captivating drama.

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From acclaimed director François Girard (The Red Violin) comes the inspirational story of a rebellious kid with a remarkable gift who is challenged by a demanding teacher to make the most unlikely of dreams come true.

A stellar ensemble - including two-time Oscar-winner Dustin Hoffman, Oscar-winner Kathy Bates, two-time Emmy winner Eddie Izzard, three-time Oscar-nominee Debra Winger, Josh Lucas (A Beautiful Mind) and Kevin McHale (Glee) - headline a cast that also introduces an exciting group of newcomers as the young singers who battle each other as they take their boychoir to the competitive heights.

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The Choir

25 Feb 20153 stars

Glasgow Film Festival: Likeable music school drama featuring Dustin Hoffman

Boychoir, from French-Canadian director François Girard, is a charming, thoughtful music school drama that dials down the expected sentimentality and plays like a PG version of Whiplash. Newcomer Garrett Wareing plays Stet, a rebellious 11-year-old…

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