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MONSIEUR LAZHAR

(2011)
94 mins | Bullying |
Provincial Ratings
NewfoundlandPG
Nova ScotiaPG
P.E.I.PG
New BrunswickPG
QuebecG
OntarioPG
ManitobaPG
SaskatchewanPG
AlbertaPG
British ColumbiaPG
Northwest TerritoriesPG
NunavutPG
YukonPG

Director: Philippe Falardeau

Writer(s): Philippe Falardeau

Star(s): Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Émilien Néron, Marie-Ève Beauregard

Synopsis:

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.

Monsieur Lazhar is a triumph because it is rooted in the heart of humanity. 

— Grade 12, student, Earl Haig SS, Toronto

  • Staff Pick

About the Director

Philippe Falardeau

Quebecois director/screenwriter Falardeau’s film Monsieur Lazhar was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars and won six Genies. Falardeau has won more than 32 international awards for his films, including La moitié gauche du frigo; C’est pas moi, je le jure!; The Good Lie and political satire Guibord s’en va-t-en guerre. His most recent project is 2016’s Chuck, inspired by the life of boxer Chuck Wepner.

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Lesson Plans Available for this title:
  • English - 9, 10, 11, 12
  • French - 11, 12
  • Media - 9, 10, 11, 12

Screening Language Options:
  • French Language with English Subtitles

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