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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  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

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$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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Written and performed by By Marc Bell, Cristobal Tapia de Veer (as Cristo) and Jahsepta
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The Power of One
14 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Canada's entry for 2012's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, "Monsieur Lazhar" is a quiet, sweet and deceptively simple film that tells the story of Bachir Lazhar, an Algerian refugee who offers his services as a substitute teacher for an elementary school class that has lost its teacher. The circumstances of the teacher's death, the students' and staff's reaction to it, and Lazhar's own back-story combine to create a compelling film that has a lot to say about the barriers we place between ourselves and our children today.

Mohammd Fellag, an Algerian comedian, writer and humorist, portrays Monsieur Lazhar, and is surrounded by an exceptional cast of juvenile actors, led by Sophie Nelisse and Emilien Neron. The performances in this film are uniformly superb which, given the subject matter, is quite an accomplishment (particularly for the young actors portraying the classmates.)

Lazhar's attempts to deal with his students' grief, their cultural and educational differences, the rigid requirements of an educational system, and his own difficulties and loss all culminate in a final scene of incredible power and emotion - the power of one person to connect with another, the power of one act to convey incredible meaning.

"Monsieur Lazhar" is worthy of the honors it has received and worth a trip to the theatre.

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