Monsieur Lazhar

Director: Philippe Falardeau Year: 2011 Run Time: 94min
Monsieur Lazhar (2011)

Bachir Lazhar (Fellag) is an Algerian immigrant who is hired at a Montreal elementary school to replace a teacher who has died unexpectedly and tragically.

Coming from a completely different culture, Monsieur Lazhar must go through a steep learning curve as he comes up against a stubborn class of quirky 11- and 12-year-olds and the school’s rigid administrative standards. And while the school goes through the long process of grieving and healing, it is gradually suspected that Monsieur Lazhar is not entirely who he has claimed to be. This is a touching story of loss and an emotionally powerful exploration of how adults help children cope with intractable issues of life and death for which none of us is truly equipped.

The film was short-listed for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.


Director(s):

Philippe Falardeau

Writer(s):

Philippe Falardeau

Producer(s):

Luc Déry, Kim McCraw

Cast:

Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Émilien Néron, Danielle Proulx, Bridgette Poupart

Genre(s):

Drama

Language(s):

French

Subtitles:

English

Closed Captioning:

French

Region:

Monsieur Lazhar is filmed and set in Quebec. Philippe Falardeau is from Quebec.

Ratings by Province:

PG Alberta
PG British Columbia
PG Manitoba
PG New Brunswick
PG Newfoundland and Labrador
PG Nova Scotia
PG Northwest Territories
PG Nunavut
PG Ontario
PG Prince Edward Island
G Québec
PG Saskatchewan
PG Yukon