Monsieur Lazhar

  • Screening Date: 21st March,
  • Starring: Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Émilien Néron, Danielle Proulx
  • Directed by: Philippe Falardeau ('It's Not Me, I Swear!', 'Congorama', 'The Left-Hand Side of the Fridge')
  • Running time: 94 minutes
  • Rating: (M) contains adult themes
  • Language: French with English subtitles

French Canadian classroom drama, nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Academy Awards. After an intermediate school teacher’s abrupt demise, an eccentric replacement tries to stabilise the emotionally distraught class.

Bachir is an Algerian immigrant, trying to find a decent teaching job in Montreal when a perfect opportunity arises – but under tragic circumstances. With a classroom full of children going through a confusing time, Bachir tries to help them using the power of self-expression and his own personal loss to guide them.