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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bachir Lazhar (as Fellag)
Alice L'Écuyer
Marie-Ève Beauregard ...
Vincent Millard ...
Seddik Benslimane ...
Louis-David Leblanc ...
Gabriel Verdier ...
Marianne Soucy-Lord ...
Mme Vaillancourt
Brigitte Poupart ...
Jules Philip ...
Louis Champagne ...
Daniel Gadouas ...
Me Gilbert Danis
Francine Ruel ...
Mme Dumas


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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Release Date:

7 March 2012 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

Profesor Lazhar  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$2,009,041 (USA) (5 October 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Beautifully soft, gentle and knowing.
8 October 2012 | by (Fremantle, Australia) – See all my reviews

Diane and I saw this wonderful movie today in Fremantle and were enveloped by its soft knowing outlook on the human condition. Superficially it is simply the story of a migrant new to Canada who is hired as a long-term relief teacher for an upper level primary school but as we all know, the devil is in the de3tails and these details are what constitute a fascinating look at the character's universal humanity.

As the students become used to Monsieur Lazhar we learn of his background as well as a few insights into this class of young humanity with all of its own personal maturation. Beyond that there are interactions with other adults at the school who are either played upon themselves or are playing upon the various characters in the film. Some of this interplay is pretty emotional as any person that has ever had any connection with adolescents will immediately understand.

This is a great film as has been judged by others more professional than I and it deserves all of that recognition!

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