DIRECTED BY PHILIPPE FALARDEAU
CANADA, 2011, 94 MIN
IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
No one ever said that teaching was easy, but for Bashir Lazhar, a 55-year-old Algerian immigrant in Montreal, Quebec, that sentiment is put to the ultimate test when he applies to fill a position made vacant by the suicide of the school’s sixth grade teacher. With the help of two apt pupils—each profoundly affected by their teacher’s death—together they will learn how to deal with personal tragedies and make strident leaps forward toward a new kind of normalcy. Nominated for this year’s Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film, MONSIEUR LAZHAR is a remarkable representation of the enduring triumph of the human spirit in the face of both tragedy and uncertainty. With exceptional performances from Sophie Nélisse (Alice), Émilien Néron (Simon), and Mohamed Fellag as Monsieur Lazhar, this exquisitely crafted film dares to take an all-too-real look at such hot-button issues as race, immigration, education, and who and what truly serves the greater good of both teachers and students.