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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.

Director:

Philippe Falardeau

Writers:

Philippe Falardeau (screenplay), Evelyne de la Chenelière (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mohamed Fellag ... Bachir Lazhar (as Fellag)
Sophie Nélisse ... Alice L'Écuyer
Émilien Néron ... Simon
Marie-Ève Beauregard Marie-Ève Beauregard ... Marie-Frédérique
Vincent Millard Vincent Millard ... Victor
Seddik Benslimane ... Abdelmalek
Louis-David Leblanc Louis-David Leblanc ... Boris
Gabriel Verdier ... Jordan
Marianne Soucy-Lord Marianne Soucy-Lord ... Shanel
Danielle Proulx ... Mme Vaillancourt
Brigitte Poupart Brigitte Poupart ... Claire
Jules Philip Jules Philip ... Gaston
Louis Champagne ... Concierge
Daniel Gadouas ... Me Gilbert Danis
Francine Ruel ... Mme Dumas
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, a disturbing image and brief language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

French | English | Arabic

Release Date:

7 March 2012 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Profesor Lazhar See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$112,190, 15 April 2012

Gross USA:

$2,009,517

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,581,915
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the stage play Bashir Lazhar by Evelyne de la Chenelière. The playwright appears in the movie as Alice's mother. See more »

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Featured in The 84th Annual Academy Awards (2012) See more »

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Sabor
By Will Holland and Hector Alomar
Performed by Quantic
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Worthy entry for Oscar 2012 (Foreign)
17 November 2012 | by maximkongSee all my reviews

This film has what it takes to be one of the 5 entries in Oscar 2012 foreign film category. Unlike another french film 'un class', Monsieur Lazhar deals with the issue of moving on from a tragic event, to continue carrying out the role of teaching schoolchildren.

I am only half correct to say that this movie deals with the healing process, because while it seems to be that way, observers will realize that it is not quite possible to heal the wounds of all parties, due to bureaucracy, conflicts and cultural differences. And it is not possible to pretend that nothing has happened either. What I find fascinating about this film is that it chose not to be too ambitious in finding a good conclusion, but introduces all the elements of restraint and helplessness by the characters.

However, the movie offered surprises especially in the development of certain characters. Even though I disagreed with some of the support methods carried out (the movie sometimes forget these kids were below 12 years old) and I would have hoped to see more positive aftermath from the movie, the ending was very satisfying, when Lazhar, given the compromising situation, decides to give his classroom something that their previous teacher failed to do.


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