Venir à la soirée cinéma Français à Johnson! In other words, ‘come to French movie night at Johnson!’ During the months of October and November, French movies will be shown in room 155 of the Russell Preaching Center every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with an exception for fall break.
The movies are absolutely gratis, ‘free of charge,’ but for fundraising purposes there will be a concession stand for Johnson students to buy some snacks during the movie.
The first French movie night was held on October 2nd.
The first movie to show was Les Choristes, which translates to ‘The Chorus’ in English.
Les Choristes is a 2004 French film directed by Christophe Barratier. The plot involves the successful orchestra conductor, Pierre Morhange, who returns to France after his mother passes away. He and his childhood classmate, Pépinot, reminisce about their childhood and end up reading the diary of Clément Mathieu, their former music teacher.
Pierre Morhange attends the boarding institution, Fond de l’Étang, ran by the abusive and strict warden, Mr. Rachin, who ends up being fired for his treatment of the boys.
Clément Mathieu tries to bring a new opportunity to the boys and assembles a choir within the institution regardless of it being forbidden. Through this choir, Morhange discovers he has a true musical talent and can have a better life after all.
Throughout the movie, Clément Mathieu uses music to have a positive impact on the boys despite their current situations. The movie has an interesting story line and keeps the audience engaged, despite of the language difference.
“After watching the movie for a while I got use to the language difference,” Maci Hughlett said.
If you are a person that is not so fluent in French you can still enjoy the movie because there are English subtitles. For those that find subtitles to be a bit distracting, Zach Griggs found them to not take away from the quality of the movie.
“I didn’t mind the subtitles; the movie was still good with them,” he said.
Overall, Les Choristes was an enjoyable movie that had positive feedback from the Johnson Students that attended.
“I really liked the movie. I thought it was really good,” Katie Reichart said.
French Lecturer at Johnson, Paulette Prinston, is excited for the students at Johnson to experience a culture that might be different from their own.
“I’m excited that we have the opportunity to bring French to all Johnson students,” she said. “I would like for all students to come experience this because it shows how other cultures make movies differently and it also gives students a chance to practice the language.”
The upcoming French movie nights will be held on October 8th, 15th, and 29th, and on November 5th, 12th, and 19th.