At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed.

Director:

Philippe Falardeau

Writers:

Philippe Falardeau (screenplay), Evelyne de la Chenelière (play)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mohamed Fellag ... Bachir Lazhar (as Fellag)
Sophie Nélisse ... Alice L'Écuyer
Émilien Néron ... Simon
Marie-Ève Beauregard ... Marie-Frédérique
Vincent Millard Vincent Millard ... Victor
Seddik Benslimane ... Abdelmalek
Louis-David Leblanc ... Boris
Gabriel Verdier ... Jordan
Marianne Soucy-Lord Marianne Soucy-Lord ... Shanel
Danielle Proulx ... Mme Vaillancourt
Brigitte Poupart ... Claire
Jules Philip Jules Philip ... Gaston
Louis Champagne ... Concierge
Daniel Gadouas Daniel Gadouas ... Me Gilbert Danis
Francine Ruel ... Mme Dumas
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Storyline

Bachir Lazhar, an Algerian immigrant, is hired to replace an elementary school teacher who died tragically. While the class goes through a long healing process, nobody in the school is aware of Bachir's painful former life; nor that he is at risk of being deported at any moment. Adapted from Evelyne de la Cheneliere's play, Bachir Lazhar depicts the encounter between two distant worlds and the power of self-expression. Using great sensitivity and humor, Philippe Falardeau follows a humble man who is ready to transcend his own loss in order to accompany children beyond the silence and taboo of death. Written by micro_scope

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, a disturbing image and brief language | See all certifications »

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Based on the stage play Bashir Lazhar by Evelyne de la Chenelière. The playwright appears in the movie as Alice's mother. See more »

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Referenced in Saving Hope: Why Waste Time (2013) See more »

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beautiful film
30 April 2012 | by WilliamCKHSee all my reviews

Here again is an amazing French language film about children....This film brings up so many issues about the state of education in our modern society... the role of the teacher, the administrators, the parents, in the development of our kids... and our society. And the children in this film are all wonderful... smart, caring, funny, and mischievous. I wonder, hypothetically, what children become without someone like MONSIEUR LAZHAR in their lives. I think more and more children have fewer adult role models to look up to. Everyone is so busy, cornered in their own boxes, afraid to step out of bounds, with no time to give...It makes for a secluded...secular world...


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Country:

Canada

Language:

French | English | Arabic

Release Date:

7 March 2012 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Monsieur Lazhar See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$112,190, 15 April 2012

Gross USA:

$2,009,517

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,074,711
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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