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The Orchestra Class (M)

The Orchestra Class (M)

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  • Fri 2 Nov ’18, 10:30am – 12:15pm
  • Fri 2 Nov ’18, 6:00pm – 7:45pm
  • Fri 2 Nov ’18, 8:15pm – 10:00pm


The Theatre & Function Rooms - Lopdell House, 418 Titirangi Road, Titirangi



Ticket Information:

  • Senior/Student Admission: $10.25
  • General Admission : $12.30
  • Senior/Student Admission: $12.30
  • General Admission : $14.35

The Orchestra Class ( La Mélodie) (M) Comedy/Drama
Director: Rachid Hami. France. 2017. 101mins The raucous energy that the youngster's offer gives Orchestra Class (La Melodie) a gritty sense of momentum.

Algerian-born director Rachid Hami’s film may tread familiar territory but it refreshingly eschews the simplistic sentimental cinematic notion of ‘musical misfits make good’ and strikes an engaging harder-edged chord with its story of dour French-Algerian classical violinist who attempts to encourage, tame and ultimately inspire a raucous and resolutely rude Parisian music class. This inspiring ode to the transformative power of music unfolds with a refreshingly low-key naturalism. Simon (Kad Merad) is a classical violinist who finds himself way out of his element when he signs on to teach music to a class of unruly and generally apathetic middle-school students on the multicultural outskirts of Paris. One exception: Arnold (Renely Alfred), the sensitive son of a single mother from Côte d’Ivoire, whose passion for the violin gradually energizes both his classmates and the disillusioned Simon. Empathetic without being maudlin, Orchestra Class is distinguished by the way it roots its uplifting teacher-student saga in the socioeconomic realities of immigrant life.The film screened at the Dubai International Film Festival after its premiere at Toronto.

Review: ( A feel Good Movie)
A middle-aged musician takes on the challenge of teaching violin to a class of primary school children. It's not just their age, or the classical music discipline that affects their concentration, many of them, the child-stars of the film, are the first generation in their families to be born in France, and western classical music is familiar to them.
Hami shows a world he says is familiar to him, tough and tender at the same time. He manages show with respectful distance, cultural differences in Paris, a mid-age crisis (Gad Merad as the single-parent musician/violin teacher) and obstacles that can be overcome at any age with a little application, confidence, hope and passion.
Alfred Renély is a touching and convincing young prodigy supported by a whole bunch of promising French film actors. 4/5

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