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Monsieur Lazhar (2011)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 7 March 2012 (Belgium)
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At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed.

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Bachir Lazhar (as Fellag)
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Alice L'Écuyer
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Simon
Marie-Ève Beauregard ...
Marie-Frédérique
Vincent Millard ...
Victor
Seddik Benslimane ...
Abdelmalek
Louis-David Leblanc ...
Boris
Gabriel Verdier ...
Jordan
Marianne Soucy-Lord ...
Shanel
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Mme Vaillancourt
Brigitte Poupart ...
Claire
Jules Philip ...
Gaston
Louis Champagne ...
Concierge
Daniel Gadouas ...
Me Gilbert Danis
Francine Ruel ...
Mme Dumas
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Bachir Lazhar, an Algerian immigrant, is hired to replace an elementary school teacher who died tragically. While the class goes through a long healing process, nobody in the school is aware of Bachir's painful former life; nor that he is at risk of being deported at any moment. Adapted from Evelyne de la Cheneliere's play, Bachir Lazhar depicts the encounter between two distant worlds and the power of self-expression. Using great sensitivity and humor, Philippe Falardeau follows a humble man who is ready to transcend his own loss in order to accompany children beyond the silence and taboo of death. Written by micro_scope

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, a disturbing image and brief language | See all certifications »

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Profesor Lazhar  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$112,190 (USA) (13 April 2012)

Gross:

$2,009,041 (USA) (5 October 2012)
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Canada's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 84th Academy Awards 2012. See more »

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beautiful film
30 April 2012 | by (Northern California) – See all my reviews

Here again is an amazing French language film about children....This film brings up so many issues about the state of education in our modern society... the role of the teacher, the administrators, the parents, in the development of our kids... and our society. And the children in this film are all wonderful... smart, caring, funny, and mischievous. I wonder, hypothetically, what children become without someone like MONSIEUR LAZHAR in their lives. I think more and more children have fewer adult role models to look up to. Everyone is so busy, cornered in their own boxes, afraid to step out of bounds, with no time to give...It makes for a secluded...secular world...


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