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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: 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.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2011.
Front of container: "Based on the play Bashir Lahzar by Evelyne de la Cheneliere".
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.
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Report This 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.

Report This 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!

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

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

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

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

An interesting look at the problems of immigrants.

Report This 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.

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

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

A must see film highly recomanded

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

betweenthelines thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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