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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 29 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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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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7 March 2012 (Belgium)  »

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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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Referenced in Saving Hope: Why Waste Time (2013) See more »

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Sonata in F-minor
By Domenico Scarlatti (as Scarlatti)
Performed by Jean-Pascal Hamelin
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Beautiful Humanist Film
26 July 2012 | by (Chennai, India) – See all my reviews

Saw this last night as part of a Canadian Film Festival. It's a real gem that negotiates it's way around trauma and intimacy with tact while never preaching. It's a true humanist film in that it attempts to deal with the real issues of being a human being in a realistic and sympathetic way. I'm a fan of Ken Loach, but at times he can make his films too didactic. This movie never does that. The performances are universally excellent and it's open ended structure allows you to go away with multiple endings to think through. I wanted to know so much more about Mr Lazhar after the story ends. Similar to A Separation in many ways and also its equal.


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