Movie Name: Les Choristes Movie Genre: Mild DramaDirector: Christophe BarratierMain Cast: Jean‑Baptiste Maunier, Pierre Morhange. Gérard Jugnot, Clement Mathieu. Francois Berléand, Rachin. Kad Merad, Chabert. Fiction or Non-Fiction: FictionLength of Movie: 1h37mMovie Plot: Fond de l'Etang (Literal translation: Bottom of the Pond) is a boarding school for troubled boys located in the Romain countryside. In the mid-twentieth century, it is run by the principal M. Rachin, an egotistical disciplinarian whose official unofficial mantra for the school is "action - reaction", meaning that there will be severe consequences for any boy out of line. This approach does not seem to be working as the boys as a collective are an unruly bunch. In turn, the teachers don't teach, but are always watching out for the next subversive act from the boys. January 15, 1949 marks the arrival to the school of the new supervisor, M. Clément Mathieu, a middle-aged man who is grasping at finding his place in life after a series of failed endeavors. Although he does find the boys an unruly lot, Mathieu does not believe in the "action - reaction" policy, and as such, butts heads with Rachin while secretly undermining the policy. Slowly, Mathieu's approach of trying to match the discipline to the crime does have a positive impact... but you'll have to watch to find out.
Hello, and welcome back to the BBC Proms. Katie Dunham here with the 4th Prom, the Youth Prom! The BBC Youth Orchestra have set up on the stage for their performance. This evening they'll be playing kids' favourites like Benjamin Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, which is an expanded set of varations on the Rondeau for the play The Moor's Revenge written by Henry Purcell. We also have Peter and the Wolf and the Swan Lake Suite by Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky.
Now, don't let the term BBC Youth Orchestra fool you. These are still professional musicians of an adult age, but they specialise in giving performances to children. The three selections (which make this the shortest prom) are all children favourites from around Britain. The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra is a perfect introduction into what the instruments of the orchestra sound like and look like. The Russian Peter and the Wolf not only gives more insight into how the orchestra works, but also the idea of leitmotifs and how they can propel a story forward through drama and interaction between themes and motifs. Finally, the sumptuous Swan Lake Suite provides some favourites from the famous ballet which inspired the children's movie The Swan Princess, which starred Liz Callaway as Odette, the princess who gets turned into a swan. Though none of Tchaikovsky's music is present in the film, this selected work is always a favourite with children.
Next week, we will have the greatest compositions from the United Kingdom that make us feel British. The Fifth Prom: British Heritage will go backwards in time to Purcell, Handel, Byrd, and a little less far reaching with Vaughan Williams, Holst and Elgar. Thank you for tuning in this week!
Craticus froze and hesitated. He sat up straight and pulled Aleksandra up from her lying position into a sitting position. "Yes", Cratiucs finally answered with an uncertain tone. Craticus didn't know what else to say. They two of them sat there for a moment in awkward silence.
"Look, it's been hard", Craticus began before stopping himself. He sighed and buried his face in his hands in frustration. He sighed again before then turning on his side, this time in order to look at Aleksandra face-to-face. "We haven't spoken in a while. I feel like we've been playing a game, trying to see who could avoid who for the longest amount of time. Suffice to say, it's not been a very fun game. At first I regretted what we did that night in Icholasen. At the time I thought it was stupid and foolish. But there's no point pretending it never happened. Since then, I've missed you and I want to be honest with you. We have to drop the games and just be honest with each other."
Heads turned towards the door as former Commissioner and Survivor EU contestant Susan Callaghan entered the establishment. Before reaching the counter, she was inundated with requests for autographs and pictures, along with a not insignificant number of "when's Survivor coming back?"s. Camera flashes from invisible paparazzi, most likely from the Rechroatian media, exploded from all around the former Commissioner.
When she finally got to the counter, she stood dutifully in the queue for several minutes, trying to decide what she'd like to order. Perhaps just one of those fruity coffee ice things they were advertising outside? It is starting to be summer after all. Almost time to bring out the short shorts. It was her turn. She had still not decided on what to order. So many decisions, so little time. She panicked, and to save herself any more coffee-related stress, she ordered one of everything. "Put it all on the Commission's tab", she instructed, hoping that her erstwhile successors wouldn't mind.
Callaghan got a small diet coke to drink while she waited for the staff to get her somewhat larger order ready. She sighed, remembering the sweet, seductive taste of regular coke. We've all got to make sacrifices, she thought, thinking about her recent weight loss. Thank the Holy Goddess Wooo for the miracle that is liposuction. And thank Her Holy Person again for the price! 90% cheaper in Marrakechia than it was in Europolis.
She took a seat near where Henry von Cavill and Commissioner Kligenberg were sitting, hoping to catch some snippets of their conversation. Perhaps there was some juicy Commission gossip going around...
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