Monsieur Lazhar

Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Running Time:  94 min.
Release Date: January 27, 2012 (limited)
DVD: August 14, 2012

Current rating: Rating: 4.14
based on 66 votes and 15 reviews
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Cast: Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Émilien Neron, Danielle Proulx, Brigitte Poupart


When an elementary school teacher commits suicide one night after class, the school's overworked principal has a hard time finding a replacement. Bachir Lazhar, a middle-aged Algerian immigrant seeking political refuge in Quebec, applies for the job, saying he has experience as a grade school teacher in his home country.

When Bachir is hired, he finds he has to deal with Simon, a 10-year-old boy who's traumatized because he was the one who discovered his teacher's body, and a girl whose interpretation of the event causes her to feel resentment towards Simon. Bachir begins to care for his students, hoping to prepare them for the future, but runs into opposition from parents who want him to maintain a professional distance.

Director: Philippe Falardeau
Studio: Entertainment One
Producer(s): Luc Dery, Kim McCraw
Screenplay: Philippe Falardeau
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  • 3 stars "it was ok."
  • 5 stars "incredible movie. very poignant yet subtle."
  • 4 stars "good movie"