Trailer for Monsieur Lazhar.

Bachir Lazhar is a middle-aged Algerian immigrant seeking political refuge in Quebec. Bachir jumps at the opportunity to replace a Montreal elementary school teacher who committed suicide one night after class. The school’s overworked principal is initially relieved. The story focuses on Bachir’s relationship with two of his pupils: a ten-year-old boy traumatized by discovering the body of his teacher, and a girl whose interpretation of the event and resentment toward her friend provoke unforeseen revelations. To these children in shock, Bachir’s traditional teaching methods may well provide the structure they need–even if, to Bachir’s dismay, the work of Balzac remains beyond their reach.

Film Info

2 min 22 sec Duration
  • Posted: January 16, 2012
  • Director: Philippe Falardeau
  • Writer: Philippe Falardeau
  • Studio: Music Box Films
  • Release: March 7, 2012
  • Cast: Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Émilien Néron

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