Film Fest: Monsieur Lazhar (Canada, 2011)

Tuesday, November 4, 7:00 PM, Admin 101


Administration : 101

Date & Time

November 4, 2014, 7:00 pm9:00 pm


Monsieur Lazhar (2011)

Director: Philippe Falardeau

Written by Philippe Falardeau, based on the stage play by Evelyne de la Chenelière

Cast: Fellag (Bachir Lazhar), Sophie Nélisse (Alice), Émilien Néron (Simon), Danielle Proulx (Mrs. Vaillancourt), Brigitte Poupart (Claire)

Set in in a francophone school in Montréal, Monsieur Lazhar is a profound story about a class of young schoolchildren who are confronted with abrupt death of their teacher. An immigrant Algerian teacher steps in as a replacement and connects through traditional yet nonconformist methods with the children. In an unsentimental tone, the film reflects on loss, guilt and healing. 

In French with English subtitles. Running time: 1 hour 34 minutes.

The film is a required screening for French film Classics (MLL 215).