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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. 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.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 112
- Fresh: 109
- Rotten: 3
- Average Rating: 8.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: "Monsieur Lazhar" is good. Really good.
Fresh: With a few folds, this story could have made a script for John Barrymore, like Topaze, or for Chaplin.
Fresh: A sad, reflective study of the possibilities, and the impossibilities, inherent in the teacher-student relationship.
Fresh: A gentle film can still be searing in its effect on an audience, something that "Monsieur Lazhar" proves emphatically.
One of the few...
I'm always ready for a movie to end. But this is one of the few that I hated to see end. I'm usually ready for the conclusion, everything resolved, and loose ends tied up. But I didn't want "Monsieur Lazhar" to end. I want to live in his classroom, be his friend, his student, his fellow teacher. The childre were perfection! Loving, vulnerable, naughty, accepting, and amazing actors!
I think "Monsieur Lazhar" should be shown in every education class, in every university! Better yet, on every network through out North America...THE WORLD! A brilliant reminder of what public education should be, MUST be!
Magnifique, il faut avoir des messieurs Lahsar dans toutes les écoles du monde. Le film même c'est une leçon pour des professeurs, parents et élèves. Bravo!
What a refreshing, enjoyable movie - simple and sweet. People are kind to each other, but they aren't perfect. The characters are unique, but not flamboyantly so. The children are so endearing.