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Rated PG-13 · 94 min. · 2012

Comedy, Drama

After a faultlessly paced opening scene sets its narrative hooks in the viewer, the rest of Philippe Falardeau's film, nominated for a best foreign film Oscar, is comparatively normal, thoughtful without being especially provocative, dramatic without being particularly surprising. In a middle-class Montreal school, an Algerian immigrant takes over for a recently deceased teacher and, in the process of helping the traumatized 12-year-olds, also helps himself. Perhaps the most interesting theme of Monsieur Lazhar is its dramatization of a Canadian, or Québécois, educational philosophy that has turned the children into fragile flowers who must not be touched by the adults, and must not be allowed to reckon honestly with death and loss.

See our full review: An Algerian immigrant teaches Canadian children in <i>Monsieur Lazhar</i>

An Algerian immigrant teaches Canadian children in Monsieur Lazhar

The film is a tale of healing—for the children, who despite their material comfort are suffering from emotional neglect, and for Lazhar, who is applying for political asylum after suffering a terrible trauma in Algeria. »

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Director: Philippe Falardeau
Writer: Philippe Falardeau
Cast: Marie-Eve Beauregard, Seddik Benslimane, Louis Champagne, Marie Charlebois, Nathalie Costa, Evelyne de la Chenelière, Stéphane Demers, Monhamed Fellag, Daniel Gadouas and Nicole-Sylvie Lagarde


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