Orchestra Class / La Mélodie

 Offensive language & sexual references

Recommended ages: 12 – 16

Director: Rachid Hami
Cast: Kad Merad, Samir Guesmi, Renély Alfred, Tatiana Rojo, Slimane Dazi, Jean-Luc Vincent
Country: France
Language: French with English subtitles
Year of production: 2017
Genre: Drama, Youth
Duration: 102 min
Festivals: Venice International Film Festival 2017

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“A story full of tenderness.” Le Parisien

Synopsis

Simon, approaching fifty, is a distinguished but disillusioned violinist. He winds up teaching a 6th-grade orchestra class at a Parisian middle school. One young student, Arnold, is painfully shy, but finds that he has a natural talent for the violin. Inspired by Arnold’s raw talent and the warm enthusiasm of the class, Simon regains his joie de vivre and rediscovers his love of music. But will he be able to overcome the obstacles and keep his promise to take the class to perform at the Paris Philharmonic?

Rachid Hami’s directorial debut offers an inspiring story about an underdog rising from the ashes. The power of music connects Simon and his young students in a way that allows them to understand each other and form a team to achieve the ambitious goal of performing at the Paris Philharmonic for their end-of-year concert.

Set in one of Paris’ suburbs, the film gives a different image of the banlieue, too often portrayed as a difficult area where unemployment, violence and hopelessness reign. Here we get to know a community that works together to support their children and the teachers to offer them access to a world they did not know before: music and artistic expression.

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Screenings

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AUCKLAND – RIALTO CINEMAS NEWMARKET
Sat 3 March 12:00 pm
Fri 16 March 11:00 am

AUCKLAND – BERKELEY CINEMAS TAKAPUNA
Sun 11 March 10:30 am
Sat 17 March 10:30 am

CHRISTCHURCH – HOYTS RICCARTON
Sat 10 March 10:30 am
Sun 18 March 11:30 am

WELLINGTON – EMBASSY THEATRE
Sun 18 March 10:30 am D
Fri 23 March 10:30 am D

NEW PLYMOUTH – EVENT CINEMAS
Sun 18 March 10:30 am

NELSON – SUTER THEATRE
Sat 24 March 10:50 am

TAURANGA – RIALTO CINEMAS
Sun 18 March 11:15 am

HAVELOCK NORTH – EVENT CINEMAS
Sun 25 March 10:30 am

DUNEDIN – RIALTO CINEMAS
Thu 29 March 10:00 am

HAMILTON – LIDO CINEMA
Sun 8 April 11:05 am

PALMERSTON NORTH – EVENT CINEMAS
Sun 15 April 10:30 am

E Embassy Theatre
D Deluxe Theatre

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