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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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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

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
Malo Joelle .... third assistant director
Joëlle Malo .... third assistant director
Valerie Milot .... 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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48 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
Monsieur Lazhar, 16 February 2012
Author: cultfilmfan from Canada

Monsieur Lazhar is based on a play by Evelyne de la Cheneliere and it is a Canadian film in French with English subtitles. The film is about an immigrant from Algeria named Bachir Lazhar, who applies for a job at the local elementary school when there is a position open. In desperate need of a new teacher, the school hires him and Bachir starts shortly after. He is teaching a grade six class and what he was not prepared for is that several of the students are still in a state of grief because the previous teacher died and they were all quite attached to her and that is why the position was open and how he got the job. Bachir has a different teaching method than the class's previous teacher and a lot of what he says and does seems different to the students and a lot of what the curriculum and how the students behave and just life in Canada in general is somewhat strange to Bachir, having lived most of his life in Algeria. Putting those differences beside, Bachir tries to move on and be the best teacher that he can and soon he starts to warm up to the children in his class and he seems to get through to several of them as well and they start to really like him. However both at school in his classroom and even in his personal life, Bachir will have to deal with memories from the past, both of his own and his students and teach them how to grieve and deal with death as he has to face some of his own demons and personal problems as well. Over the years there have been many films made about inspirational teachers who win over classrooms of at once reluctant, or delinquent students only to have a big happy ending at the end. Some of those type of films have worked in the past and some have not. However, I find that it is a premise and plot device that has been used perhaps too often in films and is starting to get predictable and clichéd. I am very happy to say that Monsieur Lazhar avoided all that and went through a different formula with it's storytelling. Yes, it is about a teacher who has to win over his students, but there is so much more to the story as well. For one thing everything in this Montreal town in Quebec, is very foreign to Bachir, but he has a lot of self esteem and determination to set out and do his best for not only himself, but his students as well. He wants to leave behind his troubled past and start something new, which is hard at first, but he is giving his best effort to make it work. In dealing with the children he has a calm and very likable quality to him when he is teaching them. He generally also wants what is best for his students and for them to succeed not only in his class, but further along in life as well. What prevents this from coming together is the painful memories of the student's beloved first teacher who died just before Bachir, took the job. The school has counselors come in and the parents all try to do their best with the children and help them with the grief, guilt, sadness and other emotions that they are feeling, but unbeknownst to all of them, that the one who can truly relate to this incident and be the most help to the children at this time is Bachir, who is just getting to know the children and has never met the previous teacher, or really know anything about her. Putting the cultural and personal differences beside, he can reach these children in surprising and uplifting ways. This is a film just as much about death and how it not only affects children, but everyone else as well. How the film shows the different individuals trying to cope with it and how it doesn't always work, or perhaps takes more time for some than others, is an accurate picture and more lifelike and precise which I also appreciated about the film. The film plays everything quite quiet and low key, but the emotion we get out of the actors, and from the great script and direction is priceless. I felt extremely moved by the end of this film and felt that I got to know these characters and share their grief, heartaches and also loves and happiness. Bachir, himself is also a very interesting character with kind eyes and a warm smile and I really got to like him and his character throughout the movie. He is brilliantly played by Mohamed Fellag, who does a quiet and low key character, but with a lot of depth and feeling. It's a great performance. The performances from all the children are great in here as well. I liked this film because I think so many people will be able to relate and connect to it on several different levels, but we are also given a tremendous piece of entertainment to go along with it. I liked that this film took chances with what it talked about and showed us and ends up turning out to be quite relevant and relatable. The film will probably please most adult viewers and older teens may get a lot out of it as well. Even a day after seeing this film I still thought about it quite a lot and about the hold and power it held over me. At times happy, sad and overall an experience that I would certainly recommend. One of 2011's best films.

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