Monsieur Lazhar

Monsieur Lazhar

About the Film

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Monsieur Lazhar tells the poignant story of a Montreal middle school class shaken by the death of their well-liked teacher. Bachir Lazhar (Fellag), a 55-year-old Algerian immigrant, offers the school his services as a substitute teacher and is quickly hired. As he helps the children heal, he also learns to accept his own painful past. This moving film features exquisite performances by Fellag and a stunning ensemble of child actors.

 

Starring: Starring Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Émilien Néron, Danielle Proulx, Brigitte Poupart
Director: Philippe Falardeau
Release Date: 04/13/12

Reactions

“In a class with the François Truffaut of "The 400 Blows" - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“A sharply intelligent, deeply sad, and not remotely sappy film about both teaching and collective grief.” - Dana Stevens, Slate

"3.5 Stars! Leaves you hopeful, and even exhilarated!" - Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

“Like a dedicated teacher, this is a film that stays with you.” - Kyle Smith, New York Post

Awards & Festivals

• Academy Award® Nominee 2012 – Best Foreign Language Film

• Winner! Toronto International Film Festival 2011 - Best Canadian Feature Film

• Winner! Locarno Film Festival 2011 – Prix Du Public Award

• Winner! Locarno Film Festival 2011 – Variety Piazza Grande Award

• Winner! Namur Film Festival 2011 – Special Jury Award *

• Winner! Hamburg Film Festival 2011 – Art Cinema Award 

• Winner! Windsor International Film Festival 2011 - People's Choice Award

• Sundance Film Festival 2012 – Official Selection

Cast & Crew

Cast

Bachir Lazhar: Mohamed Fellag
Alice: Sophie Nelisse
Simon: Emilien Neron
Marie-Frederique: Marie-Eve Beauregard
Victor: Vincent Millard
Abdelmalek: Seddik Benslimane
Claire: Brigette Poupart
Ms. Vaillancourt: Danielle Proulx

Crew

Director: Philippe Falardeau
Writer: Philippe Falardeau
Producers: Luc Dery, Kim McCraw
Music: Martin Leon
Cinematograher: Ronald Plante
Editor: Stephane Lafleur
Casting: Emanuelle Beauregard-Champagne

Technical Info

Production Year: 2011
Release Date: 04/13/12
Countries of Production: Canada
Languages: French
Running Time: 1h 34m
Screen Ratio: 2.35:1
Sound: Dolby Digital
Color: Color
Rating: PG-13

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Awards & Festivals

• Academy Award® Nominee 2012 – Best Foreign Language Film

• Winner! Toronto International Film Festival 2011 - Best Canadian Feature Film

• Winner! Locarno Film Festival 2011 – Prix Du Public Award

• Winner! Locarno Film Festival 2011 – Variety Piazza Grande Award

• Winner! Namur Film Festival 2011 – Special Jury Award *

• Winner! Hamburg Film Festival 2011 – Art Cinema Award 

• Winner! Windsor International Film Festival 2011 - People's Choice Award

• Sundance Film Festival 2012 – Official Selection

Reactions

“In a class with the François Truffaut of "The 400 Blows" - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“A sharply intelligent, deeply sad, and not remotely sappy film about both teaching and collective grief.” - Dana Stevens, Slate

"3.5 Stars! Leaves you hopeful, and even exhilarated!" - Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

“Like a dedicated teacher, this is a film that stays with you.” - Kyle Smith, New York Post

Detailed Film Info

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Monsieur Lazhar tells the poignant story of a Montreal middle school class shaken by the death of their well-liked teacher. Bachir Lazhar (Fellag), a 55-year-old Algerian immigrant, offers the school his services as a substitute teacher and is quickly hired. As he helps the children heal, he also learns to accept his own painful past. This moving film features exquisite performances by Fellag and a stunning ensemble of child actors.

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