The resounding success of French director Christophe Barratier's film Les Choristes (2004), in particular its Oscar-nominated, César-awarded soundtrack, spawned a couple different album releases. Inspired by the Jean Dréville film classic La Cage aux Rossignols (1945), Les Choristes (billed in English as "The Chorus") is graced with a soundtrack by celebrated French film composer Bruno Coulais. The songs are performed by Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc, a children's choir from Lyon, France. Critically acclaimed and showered with awards on the film festival circuit, Les Choristes was an international success, particularly in terms of critical acclaim. In France the film was awarded Césars for Best Music Written for a Film and also Best Sound; meanwhile, in the United States it earned Academy Award nominations for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Original Song ("Look to Your Path"), plus a Gold Globe Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Upon its European release in 2004, the film's commercial soundtrack topped the French albums chart for a total of 11 weeks and reached number three on the Belgian albums chart. The soundtrack was subsequently released in the United States in early 2005, around the same time the live album Les Choristes en Concert was released on CD/DVD.
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