The French film "Les Choristes" ("The Chorus") was a spectacularly big box-office success in France this past year that is set to be released in the United States Jan. 14.

The French film "Les Choristes" ("The Chorus") was a spectacularly big box-office success in France this past year that is set to be released in the United States Jan. 14. Directed by Christophe Barratier, a classically trained guitarist who also wrote some of the score, the movie—a warm-hearted drama set just after World War II in which a group of rowdy boys and orphans are transformed through the power of music—naturally has a soundtrack that takes center stage. Composer/orchestrator Bruno Coulais moves smoothly through a panoply of styles, from a Latin Mass-style requiem to wistful tunes like "Sous la Pluie." The Petits Chanteurs' utterly charming performances give real pleasure, and boy soprano Jean-Baptiste Maunier's unselfconscious solos are a special treat.—AT

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