Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2018
Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2018
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"THIS IS AN UPDATED BLACKBOARD JUNGLE WITH MUSIC." - DAVID STRATTON
Film Category
    AUSTRALIAN PREMIÈRE
  • ORCHESTRA CLASS
  • ORCHESTRA CLASS
  • ORCHESTRA CLASS
  • ORCHESTRA CLASS
  • ORCHESTRA CLASS
  • ORCHESTRA CLASS
  • ORCHESTRA CLASS
  • ORCHESTRA CLASS
  • ORCHESTRA CLASS
  • ORCHESTRA CLASS
  • ORCHESTRA CLASS

ORCHESTRA CLASS

 LA MÉLODIE

FRANCE • DRAMA • 102 MINS • 2017 • CTC
Directed by: RACHID HAMI
Starring: Kad Merad, Samir Guesmi, Alfred Renely, Jean-Luc Vincent
Comedic actor Kad Merad (Nicholas on Holiday, AF FFF2015; Baron Noir, AF FFF2016) takes a sharp turn against type playing a po-faced violinist in Rachid Hami’s gallic rendering of the ‘inspirational teacher’ sub-genre of world cinema, Orchestra Class.

Recalling the likes of Sérgio Machado’s The Violin Teacher (2015) or even James Clavell’s To Sir, with Love (1967), Simon Daoud (Merad) is a down-on-his-luck musician who, despite his talents, winds up teaching a sixth-grade orchestra.

As far as depictions of contemporary Parisian middle-school life go, this is a realistic one, with Simon’s multicultural class of rambunctious, trash-talking 12-year-olds proving a test for his patience, but there is one in which he ends up seeing potential, a painfully shy but gifted boy, Arnold. Simon makes a promise to his class to take them to perform at the Paris Philharmonic. But will they make it?

Plucking at the heart (and violin) strings, Orchestra Class is a welcome reprieve from more challenging cinematic fare, ultimately offering an exalting viewing experience that vividly edifies the power of the human spirit. It also comes warmly scored by “the Danny Elfman of France", Bruno Coulais.

David Stratton's review

French with English subtitles

 

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