Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, MONSIEUR LAZHAR tells the poignant story of a Montreal middle school class shaken by the death of their well-liked teacher and trying to heal. Bachir Lazhar (Fellag), a 55-year-old Algerian immigrant, offers the school his services as a substitute teacher and is quickly hired. As he helps the children heal, he also learns to accept his own painful past. This moving film features exquisite performances by Fellag and a stunning ensemble of child actors.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
"Monsieur Lazhar" is good. Really good.Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 04.26.2012
With a few folds, this story could have made a script for John Barrymore, like Topaze, or for Chaplin.Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic, 05.11.2012
A sad, reflective study of the possibilities, and the impossibilities, inherent in the teacher-student relationship.Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 04.26.2012
A gentle film can still be searing in its effect on an audience, something that "Monsieur Lazhar" proves emphatically.Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, 05.24.2012