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Haringey Independent Cinema will be seeing out 2010 with a bang.
The final film of the year is on Thursday 16th December,
and HIC has teamed up with the Tottenham Community Choir. So, the first part of the evening will be fellow Tottenham people singing for the rest of us.
Then a break to relax, chat to others and indulge ourselves in a bit of food and drink.
Following on with the choir theme, the French film "Les Choristes" (or "The Choir" for those of us bunked off French at school) will be shown - see below for details and trailer.
For anybody still up for more partying, we will be in KK McCool's pub afterwards for a few warming Xmas ales - well probably lager, wine and vodkas! Come and join us even if you can't make the film.
As ever, doors open at 7pm and we will be starting at 7.15pm sharp.
HIC meets regularly at the West Green Learning Centre, which is the glass fronted building behind the blue metal fence next to Downhill's park, where West Green Road and Philip lane meet.
All this any it is still only £3 or £2 if you are on a low wage or no wage at all.
A shy and gentle teacher Clement Mathieu ( Gerard Jugnot), takes a job at a forbidding-looking school he knows little about. He should have been tipped off by its name: Fond de L'Etang, which, when translated, means bottom of the pond and signifies hitting rock-bottom. School administrators must have used the name to refer to the students who attend, a collection of delinquents, miscreants and mischievous orphans.
The school is presided over by the vicious principal Rachin (Francois Berleand), who locks horns with the kindly Mathieu. Mathieu's innate goodness modifies punishments to fit crimes: One bratty kid who injured an old caretaker is assigned to care for him, which unearths the child's compassion. Mathieu tries to restore the kids' dignity and self-confidence, and, above all, their dreams.
The biggest accomplishment achieved by Mathieu, a frustrated composer, is assembling the motley crew of boys into a choral group. Though they don't evolve into the Vienna Boys Choir, with practice the boys come together into a delightful ensemble. The musical score is one of the highlights of the movie.
Some have accused the film of being predictable because of its message of hope. Set in France immediately after the war, it is certainly a comforting film when judged against films which deal with the same traumatic period. But it is deftly written, superbly acted and never schematic. Its emotional resonance, poignancy and lilting music remain with you well after viewing.
Directed by: Christophe Barratier
France, 2004, 92 minutes
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