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Monsieur Lazhar (2012)

Fellag , Sophie Nelisse , Philippe Falardeau  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Fellag, Sophie Nelisse, Emilien Neron, Seddik Benslimane
  • Directors: Philippe Falardeau
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Music Box Films
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0084O26SI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,239 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

- From Stage to Screen
- Big Talk Interview with Phillippe Falardeau
- Alice and Simon audition tapes
- Bachir's story
- Alice's Report

Editorial Reviews

Review

"Enthralling. In a class with the Francois Truffaut of The 400 Blows." --The Wall Street Journal

"Four Stars" --New York Daily News

"Four Stars" --The Washington Post

"Four Stars" --New York Daily News

"Four Stars" --The Washington Post

Product Description

At a Montr‚al 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.

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and subtle March 8, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
How is a class of eleven/twelve-year olds to cope with a tragedy that suddenly and out of the blue takes away their teacher? How do parents and teachers react to the trauma the children are experiencing? The school principal is under pressure to keep things "normal", none of the other teachers can take on the class, one school councillor is designated for the class of twenty plus young minds - a crisis of great proportion... Into this challenging scenario walks Bashir Lazhar and offers himself as the ideal replacement teacher. With great subtlety and compassion does the film, Monsieur Lazhar, explore the evolving relationships between teacher and students, among various teachers and last but not least, between Bashir Lazhar at the school and his personal struggles beyond. While set in Montreal, Quebec, the messages of the film are nor locality specific, and could happen anywhere. The story touches on the different ways of dealing with loss and guilt, with honesty, lies and pretense, with prejudice and expediency. And finally, how the coping mechanisms of adults cannot easily be transferred to those of children living through a crisis. The story concentrates on two of the children, Simon and Alice, their growing hostility and Bashir's strict yet sensitive methods in dealing with the emotional struggles that the children go through.

Mohamed Fellag's acting in the role of Monsieur Lazhar is excellent, his interpretation of his character utterly convincing in his unassuming and often understated acting. The child actors, especially the two interpreting Simon and Alice, come across as natural and genuine. Philippe Falardeau, the film's Canadian writer/director joins Denis Villeneuve who directed "Incendies" in 2010 in gaining international recognition. Both their films were nominated for the Academy Award for best foreign-language film. [Friederike Knabe]
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very touching June 9, 2012
Format:DVD
There is no shortage of good French language films about children and their teacher(s). Though this one is set in Montreal, it has many of the endearing qualities that French directors bring to their portrayal of the interaction between children and adults.

What makes this film excellent is its overall tone. It's touching, it's heartwarming and ultimately sad, but in an almost uplifting way. The acting - the children - is flawless.
And while the subject matter of death is at the core of the film, it is enveloped in a
feeling of awe and detachment at how the kids deal with it, and themselves, and a humanistic
portrayal of the teacher who has to take on the class following the suicide of their previous teacher. The teacher himself though has his own understated but real demons to cope with. But the heart of the film, including most of its scenes, take place in a classroom.

Technically, the film has a near perfect touch. Scenes end when "they should" instead of being drawn out for unneeded effect (and the ending included), histrionics are absent, and it flows like a calm stream with potentially turbulent undertones. It's a film ultimately about life, love, respect, hope and endurance.

It's a film you'll enjoy owning so that it can be viewed on multiple occasions. And being a foreign film, you can bet that most of your friends and family haven't seen it.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monsieur Lazhar -- C'est exquis! June 14, 2012
Format:DVD
And I don't throw that word around. Everything about this film is exquisite: the story, cinematography, editing, pertinence, depth, character development, acting, soundtrack -- and the French (my second language) is pristine. I don't recall breathing while watching it in the theatre, but I must have. The popcorn went untouched. I can hardly wait for the DVD!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compassionate. Thoughtful. Funny. February 13, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
A replacement teacher and his students help each other come to terms with tragedies in their lives. Compassionate, thoughtful, often very funny.

Recognizes that a modern classroom with its heavily regulated behavior can be an environment hostile to compassion and connection and addresses that both as a part of the inciting tragedy and as an obstacle to dealing with it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously good October 8, 2012
Format:DVD
"Monsieur Lazhar" is a highly acclaimed Canadian French-language film set in contemporary Montréal, written and directed by Philippe Falardeau, adapted from Evelyne de la Cheneliere's original stage play. It is one of those gentle films that delivers a powerful punch, with everything beautifully understated throughout, with its events firmly rooted in reality. The acting is everywhere superb and delightfully natural, with some of the most powerful performances delivered by the children around whose lives the film really revolves. The theme of unexplained and seemingly meaningless death, the working out of grief and of guilt for the survivors is explored at many levels in subtle and sensitive ways and with no small amount of (appropriate) humour and pathos. The film also serves as something of a commentary on our times, and the paradoxically dehumanising consequences of overly rigid legislation driven by fear of litigation and in the name of human rights.

While by no means delivering very much by way of a feel good factor (and especially eschewing the altogether too obvious happy ending) the film nevertheless comes across as uplifting and enormously satisfying. Unreservedly recommended, especially as an antidote to the endless run of mindless action fodder.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching, unsentimental view of grief
This film pulls at the heart strings, but it does not break them. It makes them sing. Monsieur Lazhar features fine performances by all actors and some excellent screenwriting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karl Fattig
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing movie
What a nice surprise. This movie was a nice little gem I came across. Truly amazing all together. Everyone should watch this
Published 1 month ago by mike
4.0 out of 5 stars Monsieur Lazhar
Deep themed movie, yet some very tender moments, it touches the human spirit but the truth always comes to the surface.
Published 2 months ago by K. U. W. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Education can prevail over its literal restrictions
Monsieur Lazhar is a affecting and gentle human drama with an exceptional cast about death, immigration, clinical depression and childhood -and still more weighty stuff -yet all... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Wen-Hang Lin
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done
A very sensitive treatment of a tough subject. It was extremely well -acted and not overly sentimental. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Laura Franklin
4.0 out of 5 stars nice story
I loved the story and the acting. Not only Monsieur Fellag ;-) was great, but also the kids main characters steal the movie.
Published 2 months ago by Norita
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle film with a background of violence
Bachir Lazhar, Algerian restaurateur, is forced to flee his country because of political repression, but his family is burned to death the day before they are scheduled to leave. Read more
Published 2 months ago by lonebeaut
5.0 out of 5 stars Poigant movie
What a lovely movie! Very touching...and an interesting glimpse into slices of both the world of teaching and the immigrant experience.
Published 2 months ago by Margaret G.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for teachers
A very good movie showing that you can teach kids from life experience, even though Politician and parents think it is all in the text book and legislations.
Published 2 months ago by Hassan Rostami
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
As an x teacher I found this very interesting in the fact that a foreign teacher could console children that witness a tragic event.
Published 2 months ago by Santej2
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