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Monsieur Lazhar

Comedy Drama


 

At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom.

While presented as a simple tale, "Monsieur Lazhar" navigates complex social issues; and the phrase 'deceptively simple' is fitting. Themes of loss and grief are explored within a classroom setting by focusing on teacher and pupil relationships. The result is a tender and moving storyline given life by an excellent cast. It is a pleasure to watch serious subjects played out with a deft touch that neither preaches nor moralises. Bring an apple for this extraordinary teacher.

Anne Murphy

MIFF 2012
94 mins