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Monsieur Lazhar

Monsieur Lazhar
  • 2011
  • Canada
  • 94 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Philippe Falardeau
  • Written by: Philippe Falardeau
  • Cast: Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nelisse, Emilien Neron
  • Language: French
  • UK release: 4 May 2012
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When a popular teacher in a Montreal school commits suicide, Algerian immigrant Bachir Lazhar (Fellag) replaces her, but the grieving pupils don't suspect his own struggles with family tragedy and imminent deportation. Director Falardeau's sensitive approach, and beguiling performances from Fellag and the children, have earned an Oscar nomination. An unexpected charmer.

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Monsieur Lazhar

17 Apr 20124 stars

A classroom drama with unexpected charm, quiet dignity and emotional integrity

(12A) 94min Inspirational schoolteachers have been a cinematic staple from Goodbye Mr. Chips to Laurent Cantet’s Cannes prize-winner The Class. Monsieur Lazhar successfully avoids treacly sentimental as it charts how a teacher and a group of…

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