Monsieur lazhar

Monsieur lazhar

DVD - 2012 | French
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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.
Publisher: Chicago, IL : Music Box Films, c2012
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Aug 09, 2017

A pretty derivative story of tribulation and healing with loveable youngsters, distressed adults, and a foreign voice who somehow manages to bridge all the gaps. The parallel between Bachir’s experience and that of his students is perhaps too clearly delineated and it’s hard to believe the school administration could be that rigid, but the low-keyed performances are top-notch all around and Falardeau keeps it refreshingly free from the overstated dramatics one would expect (although Émilien Néron’s Simon will have you reaching for the kleenex eventually). A gently engaging film which is nevertheless quickly forgotten once the houselights come on.

Jun 15, 2017

Everything is good about this movie.

VaughanPLLuba Feb 27, 2017

Great story. The movie offered surprises especially in the development of certain characters

Feb 16, 2017

A nice enough film, perhaps more enjoyable for viewers familiar with the good old days in French primary schools: the daily dictée, the mastery of grammar, the importance of respect and self-discipline, and so on. Here those classical values, brought to a Montreal school by an Algerian refugee imbued with French culture, gently collide with the more touchy-feely pedagogy of today. The ending is predictable, but the journey is worth the effort. To better appreciate the cultural context in which our Monsieur Lazhar was trained, don't miss 'Etre et avoir', a profound and moving documentary on the old-style village school in France.

Sep 08, 2016

Excellent story and brought a few tears to my eyes.

Jul 03, 2015

quite a movie, drama, watched it twice. But don't miss in the Extras, the interview in Rotterdam with the director Philippe Falardeau. Very engaging, hilarious but profound. I watched it six times

Aug 30, 2014

I think the two main child actors make this movie. Otherwise, it's a pretty ordinary story.

Aug 06, 2014

This is a good movie. Nothing mind blowing here, easy to watch, good story, well acted. Nothing that hasn’t been done before. The little girl looks like a young Drew Berrymore.

May 26, 2014

Another incredible movie. Sophie Nelisse did a wonderful job.

Feb 15, 2014

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.

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Jun 19, 2012

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