Monsieur Lazhar

Release January 27, 2012 (Limited)
Cast Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nelisse, Émilien Neron, Danielle Proulx, Brigitte Poupart
Director Philippe Falardeau
Writer Philippe Falardeau
Genres Drama
Studio Music Box Films/Entertainment One
Length 94 mins.
Website MonsieurLazharMovie.com

Synopsis

When an elementary school teacher commits suicide one night after class, the school's overworked principal has a hard time finding a replacement. Bachir Lazhar, a middle-aged Algerian immigrant seeking political refuge in Quebec, applies for the job, having had 19 years experience as a grade school teacher in his home country.

When Bachir is hired, he finds he has to deal with a 10-year-old pupil who has been traumatized because he was the one who discovered the teacher's body, and a girl whose interpretation of the event and resentment toward her friend provoke unforeseen revelations. He begins to care for his students, hoping to prepare them for the future, but runs into opposition from parents who want him to maintain a professional distance.

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