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Monsieur Lazhar -- Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, MONSIEUR LAZHAR tells the poignant story of a Montreal middle school class shaken by the death of their well-liked teacher.
Monsieur Lazhar -- An Algerian immigrant substitue teacher is brought into a middle school classroom whose students are shaken by their instructor's suicide.

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7 March 2012 (Belgium) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 29 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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The Human Condition: at the grade school level See more (41 total) »

Cast

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Mohamed Fellag ... Bachir Lazhar (as Fellag)

Sophie Nélisse ... Alice L'Écuyer

Émilien Néron ... Simon
Marie-Ève Beauregard ... Marie-Frédérique
Vincent Millard ... Victor
Seddik Benslimane ... Abdelmalek
Louis-David Leblanc ... Boris
Gabriel Verdier ... Jordan
Marianne Soucy-Lord ... Shanel

Danielle Proulx ... Mme Vaillancourt
Brigitte Poupart ... Claire
Jules Philip ... Gaston
Louis Champagne ... Concierge
Daniel Gadouas ... Me Gilbert Danis
Francine Ruel ... Mme Dumas
Sophie Sanscartier ... Audrée
Nicole-Sylvie Lagarde ... Psychologue (as Nico Lagarde)
André Robitaille ... Commissaire
Marie Charlebois ... Procureur
Evelyne de la Chenelière ... Mère d'Alice

Stéphane Demers ... Père de Marie-Frédérique
Nathalie Costa ... Mère de Marie-Frédérique

Judith Baribeau ... Professeur d'anglais
Jose Arandi ... Professeur de judo
Emmanuelle Girard ... Professeur
Gabrielle Thouin ... Élève - Classe de Bachir
Maxime Cadorette ... Élève - Classe de Bachir
Marion L'Espérance ... Élève - Classe de Bachir
Laurie Pominville ... Élève - Classe de Bachir
Jean-Luc Terriault ... Élève - Classe de Bachir
Carol-Anne Arbour ... Élève - Classe de Bachir
Enrik Cloutier ... Élève - Classe de Bachir
Samuel Chartier ... Élève - Classe de Bachir
Mandani Tall ... Élève - Classe de Bachir
Anne-Frederique Bernier ... Élève - Classe de Bachir
Marie Kim Filion ... Élève - Classe de Bachir
Fabiola Monty ... Élève - Classé de Bachir
Salome Ettien Miller ... Élève - Classe de Bachir
Mariane Lalumière ... Élève - Pièce de théatre
Jessica Charbonneau ... Élève - Pièce de théatre
Marie-Félixe Allard ... Élève - Pièce de théatre
Bachir Bensaddek ... Préposé au bureau de poste
Héléna Laliberté ... Martine Lachance
Vincent Giroux ... Peintre
Hélène Grégoire ... Gardienne
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Directed by
Philippe Falardeau 
 
Writing credits
Philippe Falardeau (screenplay)

Evelyne de la Chenelière  play "Bashir Lazhar"

Produced by
Luc Déry .... producer
Kim McCraw .... producer
Claude Paiement .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Martin Léon (original score)
 
Cinematography by
Ronald Plante 
 
Film Editing by
Stéphane Lafleur 
 
Casting by
Emanuelle Beaugrand-Champagne 
Nathalie Boutrie 
Constance Demontoy 
 
Production Design by
Emmanuel Frechette  (as Emmanuel Fréchette)
 
Set Decoration by
Josée Arseneault 
 
Costume Design by
Francesca Chamberland 
 
Makeup Department
Katryn Casault .... makeup artist
Ann-Louise Landry .... key hairdresser
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lili-Anne Crevier .... second assistant director
Ariane Côté-Chénier .... additional third assistant director
Yanick DiVito .... additional third assistant director
Carole Doucet .... first assistant director
Joëlle Malo .... third assistant director
 
Sound Department
Mathieu Beaudin .... supervising sound editor
Catherine Bellazzi .... boom operator
Sylvain Bellemare .... supervising sound editor
Pierre Bertrand .... sound
Sophie Cloutier .... second boom operator
Bertrand Duranleau .... foley assistant
Bernard Gariépy Strobl .... sound re-recording mixer
Simon Meilleur .... foley artist
Jean-Philippe St-Laurent .... dialogue editor assistant
 
Special Effects by
Guillaume Murray .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Marie-Pierre Boucher .... visual effects production assistant: Rodeo FX
Francis Clément .... visual effects production assistant: Rodeo FX
Patrick David .... digital compositor: Rodeo FX
Jean-Francois Gagne .... digital compositor: Rodeo FX
Annie Godin .... visual effects producer: Rodeo FX
Ara Khanikian .... lead compositor: Rodeo FX
Sébastien Moreau .... visual effects supervisor: Rodeo FX
Josiane O'Rourke .... visual effects coordinator: Rodeo FX
Jordan Soles .... senior staff: Rodeo FX
Kar Hung Tom .... system administration: Rodeo FX
Robin Tremblay .... matte painter: Rodeo FX
Mathieu Arvisais .... digital compositor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Marcel Breton .... chief lighting technician
Franck Develey .... key grip
Gabriel Fortin-Taillon .... electrician (as Gabriel Fortin)
Denis-Noel Mostert .... steadicam operator
Isabelle Tessier .... second assistant camera
Filippo Viola .... first assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Erik Daniel .... post-production supervisor
Arthur Montreuil .... film color timer
Mirenda Ouellet .... assistant editor
Etienne Patry .... colorist
 
Music Department
Marc Bell .... composer: additional music
Marc Bell .... music mixing
Bernard Gariépy Strobl .... score music mixer
Sébastien Lépine .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Laurent Boyé .... international festival publicity team: telefilm canada (as Laurent Boye)
Marjorie Hamel .... script supervisor
Élaine Hébert .... production executive
Gabrielle Tougas-Fréchette .... production assistant
 

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, a disturbing image and brief language
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Canada:94 min
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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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Featured in The 84th Annual Academy Awards (2012) (TV)See more »

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
The Human Condition: at the grade school level, 19 May 2012
Author: don2507 from United States

This absorbing film, set in Montreal, ties together two tragedies and by such a linkage shows our capacity for human understanding and emotional empathy. While that may sound excessively depressing to some readers, I found a semblance of hope in this film as the characters, both young and old, try to move on with their lives and cope as best they can, and while the trauma may be a permanent part of their psyches, their seeming resilience conveys a kind of worldly maturity and acceptance.

The film opens with two school children discovering a favorite, but troubled, teacher who has hung herself in her classroom while her students are at recess. Psychologists are brought in to help the students cope with the emotional intensity of such a tragedy, and then later a Mr. Bachir Lazhar, an Algerian immigrant, presents himself to the principal as a suitable replacement for the suicide victim's class telling her how he's followed the school's trauma in the newspapers and he's available to help. Does he need the work (we find out his legal status is uncertain and he's in danger of being deported) or is some unconscious empathetic force driving him toward working with these students since he seems to understand their pain? The school authorities prefer to move on from the tragic event while Mr. Lazhar can sense after a number of months that some of his students are dwelling on their former teacher's act and her reasons for doing so; he encourages them to talk in class about their feelings and for this he is rebuked. We eventually discover the horrific tragedy surrounding his own family and why he's fled to Canada, and from this we can understand and appreciate his empathy for his students and his understanding of their emotional plight ("why did she do it in her own classroom during school?"). The film has many touching moments as this strange Algerian immigrant explains the "unexplainable" to his students and they in turn seem to provide him with an emotional outlet, and a purpose, to counter his own suffering.

Some reviewers have questioned the film's seeming lack of total emotional resolution, but life can be open-ended. Will these children completely heal (as much as they can) and will Mr. Lazhar's half-year encounter with these kindred souls give him the emotional basis for sustaining a meaningful life in a foreign environment? We don't really know, but some of the signs that the film depicts seem to be favorable. A very worthy film from Canada!

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