Monsieur Lazhar

Monsieur Lazhar

Monsieur Lazhar

French Canadian classroom drama, nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Academy Awards. After an intermediate school teacher's abrupt demise, an eccentric replacement tries to stabilise the emotionally distraught class. 

Bachir is an Algerian immigrant, trying to find a decent teaching job in Montreal when a perfect opportunity arises - but under tragic circumstances. With a classroom full of children going through a confusing time, Bachir tries to help them using the power of self-expression and his own personal loss to guide them.

Best Canadian Film at the Toronto International Film Festival 2011.
2011Rating: M, for mature thematic material, a disturbing image and brief language94 minsCanadaFrench with English subtitles
ComedyDramaWorld Cinema
Director:
Philippe Falardeau ('It's Not Me, I Swear!', 'Congorama', 'The Left-Hand Side of the Fridge')
Writer:
Philippe Falardeau
Cast:
Mohamed FellagSophie NélisseÉmilien NéronDanielle Proulx

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Monsieur Lazhar / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Quietly intelligent and respectable, much like its protagonist.

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Total Film

Total Film

The result is a shrewd look at classroom etiquette and an achingly sad study of grief-stricken solitude, built on ace performances by Fellag and the kids-especially 11-year-old scene stealer Sophie Nélisse.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Only the most obstreperous delinquent could fail to be charmed by Monsieur Lazhar, in which an Algerian refugee plays ramshackle Mary Poppins to the kids at a Montreal primary.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Though its story may sound formulaic on paper, please take my word for it: 'Monsieur Lazhar', written and directed by Philippe Falardeau, is a sharply intelligent, deeply sad, and not remotely sappy film about both teaching and collective grief.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

One of the qualities of 'Monsieur Lazhar' is that it has no simple questions and simple answers. Its purpose is to present us with a situation, explore the people involved and show us a man who is dealing with his own deep hurts.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

This film deals almost casually with a range of issues and themes, handling with a light and even affectionate touch weighty subjects like grief, guilt, community and love.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Canada's foreign-language submission is a searing classroom drama about grief that should be an Oscar front-runner.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

An Oscar nominee at this year's Academy Awards and for good reason, Falardeau's film is moving, smart and sensitive. Terrific stuff, in short.

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