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Monsieur Lazhar

(DVD - 2012 - French)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Monsieur Lazhar
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At a Montreal 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.
Title: Monsieur Lazhar
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Chicago : Music Box Films, c2012.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Front of container: "Based on the play Bashir Lahzar by Evelyne de la Cheneliere".
Originally released as a motion picture in 2011.
Special features include: From stage to screen; big talk interview with Philippe Falardeau; Alice and Simon audition tapes; Bachir's story; Alice's report; theatrical trailer.
Summary: At a Montreal 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.
Audience: Rating PG-13 mature thematic material, a disturbing image and brief language OFRB rating PG.
Statement of Responsibility: Music Box Films presents a Micro_Scope production ; produced by Luc Déry, Kim McCraw ; written and directed by Philippe Falardeau
Credits: Director of photography, Ronald Plante ; editor, Stéphane Lafleur ; music, Martin Léon.
Performers: Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nelisse, Emilien Neron.
System Details: DVD, widescreen (2.35) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround.
Other Language: French dialogue; English subtitles.
Subject Headings: Teachers Drama. Elementary schools Drama. Suicide Drama. Grief Drama.
Genre/Form: Feature films.
Fiction films.
Foreign films.
Motion pictures, Canadian.
French language materials.
Topical Term: Teachers
Elementary schools
Suicide
Grief
Publisher No: MBFHE-040
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May 26, 2014
  • veggiegurl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Another incredible movie. Sophie Nelisse did a wonderful job.

Feb 15, 2014
  • andreareads rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This reminds me of another Canadian film, The Lotus Eaters, not in terms of plot but the themes of loss of innocence and what makes a good teacher. The bonus feature about the making of the film and the differences between the stage play and the film is interesting, if your French is up to it. (No subtitles on the Special Features.) I would have rated this higher, but, without giving away too much, it's actually a lot harder to find a job as a teacher in Canada than it was for M. Lazhar. Well done otherwise.

Sep 10, 2013
  • macierules rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great film - the child actress playing Alice was amazing. I see she has a starring role in The Book Thief. No surprise!

Jul 15, 2013
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An Algerian immigrant in Quebec Canada replaces a teacher who has recently committed suicide in the school. He, while secretly going through a process of loss himself, tries to help the students deal with the loss of the beloved teacher. In some cases he is successful in helping, but in one tragic case he is helpless. The rule of the school was that teachers had to rigidly maintain a distance from the students, possibly preventing Monsieur Lazhar from saving a life. Oscar nominated for best foreign language film.

Jul 15, 2013
  • BertBailey rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Nice story, subtly crafted and never over-sentimental, about an immigrant teacher in Montreal and his efforts to fit in despite the differences. Death and suicide are on everyone's minds, at least tacitly, but he battles, against the political correctness of teaching in North America, to see it dealt with more overtly - showing that he may have something to impart that's been lost to the PC-driven locals. Recommended.

Jun 04, 2013
  • karimag rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I agree -- a gem of a movie. Well done on so many levels. Touching, intelligent, real. Highly recommend.

May 17, 2013
  • gemini07 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved it. The simplicity and beautiful parallels made for a wonderfully touching movie.

Mar 12, 2013
  • btmslt rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

An interesting look at the problems of immigrants.

Mar 01, 2013
  • mckeett rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A simple but touching film from Quebec about a refugee from Algeria and a class of elementary students who help each other understand sudden traumatic death in their lives.

Feb 11, 2013
  • d2013 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Meaningful and brilliant. Love this movie and will see again some day.

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Jun 19, 2012
  • betweenthelines rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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