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.