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.
“In a class with the François Truffaut of "The 400 Blows"
Wall Street Journal
“A sharply intelligent, deeply sad, and not remotely sappy film about both teaching and collective grief.”
"3.5 Stars! Leaves you hopeful, and even exhilarated!"
“Like a dedicated teacher, this is a film that stays with you.”
New York Post
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
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