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Films & Schedules - MONSIEUR LAZHAR


Sat, Feb 11, 2012
at 3 PM (Lake Twin Cinema)
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Mon, Feb 13, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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Wed, Feb 15, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Pioneer Place 5)
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DIRECTOR: Philippe Falardeau - CANADA

When a group of Montreal students finds that their beloved teacher has committed suicide, the shock is traumatizing. Her replacement, Algerian refugee Bachir Lazhar, now has the doubly difficult task of reaching his distraught students while securing his own asylum from past tragedies in his homeland. Falardeau tackles both threads with a delicate touch, bringing wit and warmth to the classroom scenes and granting the political appropriate gravity. As Bachir and his students come to terms with loss, guilt, and other issues that life has prematurely thrown at them, insight, empathy, and eloquence shine through. “With Falardeau’s gentle humor and elegant touch, Monsieur Lazhar tells a gorgeous story about a man who transcends his own grief and tragedy to help his young students process death and loss in their lives.”—Sundance Film Festival (94 mins.)

Filmography: The Left-Hand Side of the Fridge (00), Congorama (06), It’s Not Me, I Swear! (09).

This year’s Canadian submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Ages 14+.


Interests: Oscar Submissions, Family Fare, French Language.

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