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Monsieur Lazhar ()


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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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Bachir Lazhar (as Fellag)
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Alice L'Écuyer
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Simon
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Marie-Frédérique
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Victor
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Abdelmalek
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Boris
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Jordan
Marianne Soucy-Lord ...
Shanel
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Mme Vaillancourt
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Claire
Jules Philip ...
Gaston
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Concierge
Daniel Gadouas ...
Me Gilbert Danis
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Mme Dumas
Sophie Sanscartier ...
Audrée
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Psychologue (as Nico Lagarde)
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Commissaire
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Procureur
Evelyne de la Chenelière ...
Mère d'Alice
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Père de Marie-Frédérique
Nathalie Costa ...
Mère de Marie-Frédérique
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Professeur d'anglais
Jose Arandi ...
Professeur de judo
Emmanuelle Girard ...
Professeur
Gabrielle Thouin ...
Élève - Classe de Bachir
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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
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Élève - Classe de Bachir (as Mandani Tall)
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
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Élève - Pièce de théatre
Jessica Charbonneau ...
Élève - Pièce de théatre
Marie-Félixe Allard ...
Élève - Pièce de théatre
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Préposé au bureau de poste
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Martine Lachance
Vincent Giroux ...
Peintre
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Gardienne
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Mr. Lazhar's student (uncredited)

Directed by

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Philippe Falardeau

Written by

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Philippe Falardeau ... (screenplay)
 
Evelyne de la Chenelière ... (play "Bashir Lazhar")

Produced by

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Luc Déry ... producer
Kim McCraw ... producer
Claude Paiement ... associate producer

Music by

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Martin Léon ... (original score)

Cinematography by

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Ronald Plante

Film Editing by

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Stéphane Lafleur

Editorial Department

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Erik Daniel ... post-production supervisor
Arthur Montreuil ... film color timer
Mirenda Ouellet ... assistant editor
Etienne Patry ... colorist
Arthur Tarnowski ... trailer editor

Casting By

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Emanuelle Beaugrand-Champagne
Nathalie Boutrie ... casting co-director
Constance Demontoy

Production Design by

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Emmanuel Frechette ... (as Emmanuel Fréchette)

Set Decoration by

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Josée Arsenault ... (as Josée Arseneault)

Costume Design by

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Francesca Chamberland

Makeup Department

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Kathryn Casault ... makeup department head
Katryn Casault ... makeup artist
Anne-Louise Landry ... key hairdresser (as Ann-Louise Landry)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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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
Valerie Milot ... third assistant director
Eric Parenteau ... first assistant director - winter segment

Art Department

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Alain Brochu ... construction supervisor
Carl Lessard ... graphic designer

Sound Department

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Mathieu Beaudin ... supervising sound editor
Catherine Bellazzi ... boom operator
Sylvain Bellemare ... sound designer
Pierre Bertrand ... sound
Sophie Cloutier ... second boom operator
Bertrand Duranleau ... foley assistant
Shaun-Nicholas Gallagher ... foley mixer / post-synch engineer
Bernard Gariépy Strobl ... re-recording mixer
Simon Meilleur ... foley artist
Francis Péloquin ... boom operator
Jean-Philippe St-Laurent ... dialogue editor assistant

Special Effects by

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Guillaume Murray ... special effects supervisor

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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)

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Marcel Breton ... chief lighting technician
Franck Develey ... key grip
Gabriel Fortin-Taillon ... electrician (as Gabriel Fortin)
Marlène Gélineau Payette ... still photographer
Jean Kavanagh ... first assistant camera: b camera
Denis-Noel Mostert ... steadicam operator
Isabelle Tessier ... second assistant camera
Filippo Viola ... first assistant camera

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Emmanuelle Godbout ... dresser
Maryse Papineau ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Patricia Durocher ... location manager

Music Department

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Marc Bell ... composer: additional music / music mixing
Bernard Gariépy Strobl ... score music mixer
Sébastien Lépine ... music supervisor

Script and Continuity Department

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Marjorie Hamel ... script supervisor

Additional Crew

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Laurent Boyé ... international festival publicity team: telefilm canada (as Laurent Boye)
Josiane Fradette ... post-production manager: Vision Globale
Eve Gabereau ... distribution
Élaine Hébert ... production executive
Russ Posternak ... festival publicist: Murphy PR (as Russell Posternak)
Gabrielle Tougas-Fréchette ... production assistant
Sharyn Yau ... publicity and marketing

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Profesor Lazhar (Spain)
  • 拉扎老师 (China, Mandarin title)
  • Lazhar tanár úr (Hungary)
  • Господин Лазар (Russia)
  • Quý Ông Lazhar (Vietnam)
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Runtime
  • 95 min
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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross $9,074,711

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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The 84th Annual Academy Awards (2012). See more »
Soundtracks Sonata in F-minor See more »

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