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The Christmas Choir
Peter Brockman is a happily engaged businessman. He also, however, happens to be a workaholic. When his life is turned upside down nineteen days before Christmas, Peter finds himself a little lost. But when he finds an unexpected friend in a homeless man named Bob, Peter discovers that sometimes the things that are the most unexpected are the things we needed most. When Peter decides to start a choir, however, the unexpected gets even more unexpected. From Hallmark comes a heartwarming holiday film based on a true story about second chances and finding happiness in the most unexpected of places‰ۡÌÝÌÒThe Christmas Choir. Starring Jason Gedrick and Rhea Pearlman.
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A Choir For Christmas?
He had a successful job as an accountant. He had a beautiful fiancí© named Jill (played by Cindy Sampson). But he also had an obsession with his work. Maybe even more than an obsession. Peter (played by Jason Gedrick) was a workaholic. And to make matters worse, he had shut everything out of his life except work. Happiness, Christmas, even Jill. But he was about to get a wakeup call in The Christmas Choir. Nineteen days before Christmas Jill quits. His lovely fiancí© informs him she cannot go through with a marriage to a man with such little emotion and such a great obsession with his work. And suddenly, BAM, Peter realizes what he had. But now, it‰ۡó»s too late. But life is not quite done surprising Peter in the film The Christmas Choir. When Peter meets a poor musician named Bob (played by Tyrone Benskin), he finds himself confiding in his newfound friend. He tells him of his childhood dream of becoming a musician and how somehow along the way he got so distracted he lost his dream and his girl.
Bob invites him home for dinner and a jam session. Amazed by the talent of the group, Peter is even more shocked when he realizes ‰ۡÌÝ?home‰ۡó? is the local homeless shelter run by a straight-talking nun named Sister Agatha (played by Rhea Perlman). And suddenly, Peter has something to live for. He is going to turn this raggedy bunch of homeless men into a choir. But not just any choir‰ۡÌÝÌÒa Christmas choir. Things get a little tricky, however. The first is the obvious lack of vocal talent. The second is the personal problems of many of the choirs members. But slowly the choir begins to gain momentum, and in turn it begins helping the lives of those who are a part of it. For Peter it means something to focus on besides work. For the members of the choir it is an increasing sense of self-respect.
Will a scraggly band of homeless men, and a workaholic be able to pull together something amazing, however? Or will their own life problems and doubts drag the group down along with their own Christmas hope?
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A True Story
The heartwarming story told in The Christmas Choir is based on the true story of the Montreal Accueil Bonneau Choir (Montreal Homeless Choir). Founded by Pierre Anthian, a dentist with a passion for music, the Montreal Accueil Bonneau Choir defied all odds. It began as a simple idea on the part of Anthian. He simply wanted to serve the local homeless community by using the talent God had given him. So he sent out a call to the homeless community and a few weeks later he had twenty some men with little to know vocal training ready to become a choir. Many of the men struggled with drug or alcohol abuse. All were homeless‰ۡÌÝÌÒsurviving through social assistance or their own meager strength. But like the film The Christmas Choir shows, a simple choir changed their lives, and the life of their director forever.
The film The Christmas Choir is a heartwarming holiday film made even more special by the fact that it was based on a true story of rising above your situation to find hope and healing. The film The Christmas Choir holds valuable lessons too. One of the biggest lessons in the film The Christmas Choir is the truth that everyone deserves a second chance. Whether that is in life, love, or simply in a choir no one should be cast aside after their first mistake. The Christmas Choir is a valuable reminder that God loves us even when we fail, and that no matter how hard you have fallen you can always get back up on your feet when grace and love are extended to you. The Christmas Choir is also a wonderful reminder to viewers of all ages about getting your priorities straight. Peter found himself loosing everything he really truly loved because he failed to recognize the importance of people and God above his own social position and wealth. Only when he realized that people, that grace, and that serving those around you‰ۡÌÝÌÒat a sacrifice for yourself‰ۡÌÝÌÒwas he able to fully love and be loved in return. The Christmas Choir is a beautiful reminder that family is important, grace is powerful, and that everyone deserves a second chance.
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Twenty some homeless guys and a workaholic with a crazy dream? Does not sound like the recipe for success. With patience, grace, and a bit of guiding advice from the sensible Sister Agatha, however, the ragtag, tone deaf band of musicians have the potential to rise above their situations and struggles and find hope, healing, and a bigger purpose as the become The Christmas Choir. A film about sacrifice, forgiveness, healing, hope, finding your self-worth in something other than your work, and learning to love the people God has created, The Christmas Choir is a heartwarming film viewers of all ages will enjoy!
The Christmas Choir has not been rated by the Motion Picture Association of America and may include topics and issues not suitable for younger viewers. As always, it is recommended that parents preview all content to determine what is suitable for their children, but the film The Christmas Choir is generally considered appropriate for most older audiences.
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