Boychoir is one of those special movies that comes around once in a blue moon. It stars Dustin Hoffman as a demanding choir master at an elite East Coast boarding school who pushes a gifted but troubled orphan (Garrett Wareing) to fulfill his true potential.
Directed by acclaimed Canadian director François Girard (Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, The Red Violin) Boychoir is a drama that the entire family can enjoy.
Newcomer Garrett Wareing is wonderful as Stet, the young boy struggling to find his voice. He handles scenes with veteran Dustin Hoffman like an experienced pro and his beautiful voice will leave you in awe and wanting more.
Supported by a star-studded cast that includes Josh Lucas, Eddie Izzard, Debra Winger, and Kathy Bates (who steals pretty much her every scene as the school's headmistress), Wareing makes a phenomenal debut as a kid who's been through hell but has been granted a heavenly gift. Boychoir is simply about the way that music can touch our lives and ultimately make a difference.
I spoke with Star Garrett Wareing and director Francois Girard at the Toronto International Film Festival this past September where the film had it’s premiere.
BOYCHOIR opens March 27 in Toronto (Varsity), Vancouver and Montreal! The film opens April 3 in Halifax, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Victoria, and April 24 in Ottawa, with other cities to follow.