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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 Jason Kent
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A little masterpiece
15 April 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This film won Canada's Genie for best film and deserved it. The story is simple and profound, contemporary and timeless at the same time. After the suicide of a grade school class teacher, a new teacher appears ready to take over the class. An Algerian immigrant, Monsieur Lazhar brings such a deep humanity to his job, that the traumatized kids are able to come to terms in some ways with what has happened. What they don't realize is how much their new teacher knows of their pain first hand.

Fellag's performance as the title character is note perfect and gigantic. The children are astonishing and the final scene, the final moment will crush even the most stoic viewer's resolve not to weep.


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