Monsieur Lazhar

Monsieur Lazhar
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Monsieur Lazhar
Canada, 2011, 94 Minute Running Time
Topics: Comedy, Drama
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: French English Sub-Titles

Awards: Toronto: Best Canadian Feature; Locarno:Audience Award and Variety Piazza Grande Award; Namur:Specia

Bachir Lazhar is a middle-aged Algerian immigrant seeking political refuge in Quebec. Bachir jumps at the opportunity to replace a Montreal elementary school teacher who committed suicide one night after class. The school’s overworked principal is initially relieved. The story focuses on Bachir’s relationship with two of his pupils: a ten-year-old boy traumatized by discovering the body of his teacher, and a girl whose interpretation of the event and resentment toward her friend provoke unforeseen revelations. To these children in shock, Bachir’s traditional teaching methods may well provide the structure they need–even if, to Bachir’s dismay, the work of Balzac remains beyond their reach. A luminous and tender tale about the lessons we learn from one another, regardless of age, this complex character study speaks of loss, innocence and imposture in an eloquent yet simple manner. This remarkable picture is carried by the single-named Algerian actor Fellag, who makes this strange man entirely believable but who never overplays the part or turns him into a conventional Hollywood hero. Winner: Audience award, Locarno Film Festival; Best Screenplay, FIPRESCI prize, Valladoid Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Philippe Falardeau
Producer: Luc Dery, Kim McCraw
Editor: Stéphane Lafleur
Screenwriter: Philippe Falardeau
Cinematographer: Ronald Plante
Music: Martin Leon
Principal Cast: Fellag, Sophie Nelisse, Émilien Neron, Danielle Proulx, Brigitte Poupart
Filmography: It’s Not Me, I Swear! (2008), Congorama (2006), The Left-Hand Side of the Fridge (2000)
Print Source: Music box Films - www.musicboxfilms.com

Sponsors:
Consulate General of Belgium, Consulate General of Switzerland, French Embassy: LA Film & TV Office, Quebec Delegation in Los Angeles, Swiss Films, TV5Monde

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