Film Review: MONSIEUR LAZHAR

It was a beautiful experience watching MONSIEUR LAZHAR, a sensitive film, full of insight and compassion ...Naomi Rossdeutscher

MONSIEUR LAZHAR

MONSIEUR LAZHAR, set in Montreal, is a perceptive and humorous film about a concerned Algerian immigrant, Bachir Lazhar, who steps in to teach a class of young school children struggling with a recent tragedy in their classroom. The humble Lazhar manages to inspire the children, while experiencing cultural differences and his own private grief and uncertainty.

This beautiful film lead by Mohamed Fellag's subtle performance, is a crowd pleaser that left me feeling warm and fuzzy inside, as well as informed, & lingered in my thoughts long after viewing.

Mohamed Fellag in MONSIEUR LAZHAR

Writer and director Philippe Falardeau

Adapted from an award-winning play written by Évelyne de la Chenelière

2012 Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Film

Winner of the Audience Award and voted Best Film at 2012 Sydney Film Festival

Winner of Canadian Academy Awards (GENIES) Best Film, Director, Actor (Mohamed Fellag), Supporting Actor (Sophie Nélisse), Adapted Screenplay, Editing

Writer & Director Philippe Falardeau at SFF Meet the Film maker. Photo by Jean-Jacques Halans

French with English subtitles

Released on 6 September - The Dendy Cinemas