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Monsieur Lazhar Reviews

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June 24, 2014
Thought provoking film on how to deal with grief. Some really lovely dialogue and altogether a great watch.
½ June 17, 2014
Mohamed Fellag brings Monsieur Lazhar to life in a film that embraces it's dark subject by realizing devastating truths about the lives of students(and teachers as well). It is a genuinely sad, but delicate tale of man who learns to surpress his own anguish for the greater good. While the teacher-student relationship genre may seem familiar, Monsieur Lazhar delves deeper to the roots of child psychosis, exploring the vast commitments a teacher takes part in while interacting with his students. The film brings about a sudden urge of grief, introduced by sympathy, but reconciles the viewer with a heart-warming conclusion.
½ June 1, 2014
Heart-warming and well-acted.
May 21, 2014
I happened to catch this film on television the other night, Wow what a moving little film made in Quebec and with English subtitles. An Algerian teacher substitutes in a Montreal school where the former teacher was found hanging in the classroom. The director manages to find a light touch in what could be a very heavy film. Throughly recommended and you might need your hankie!
½ May 18, 2014
Excellent French film! Very well acted & great/inspirational story
May 8, 2014
A beautifully touching ending to an otherwise solid film.
April 23, 2014
A beautifully done tender-hearted film about children forced to confront one of the harsh realities of life that even we adults have great difficulty with. And you see it in the adults thinking that they can shield these kids from it, but to do so may prevent them from metamorphosing into the butterflies they can be. One teacher builds a connection with these kids and is among the few adults not being so robotic about it all, thereby creating a space for some healing to occur.
April 17, 2014
he film was selected as the Canadian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards,[7] and on 18 January 2012, it was named as one of the nine shortlisted entries for the Oscars.[8] Six days later, the film was named as one of the five nominees.[9] Alongside the Polish-Canadian co-production In Darkness, which was submitted and nominated on behalf of Poland, the two films marked the first time in the history of Canadian cinema that two films with Canadian connections were finalists for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in the same year.[10] It is also the second consecutive year that a Canadian film in French was nominated in this category, following the nomination of Denis Villeneuve's Incendies at the 83rd Academy Awards.

Monsieur Lazhar was the most rewarded film at Quebec's own Jutra Film Awards, winning seven out of nine categories for which it was nominated, a finalist in the most categories at the Jutra awards.[11] It also won the City of Toronto Award as the Best Canadian Feature Film at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival
April 14, 2014
A very touching film about grief and the healing process.
March 28, 2014
Brilliant! Monsieur Lazhar has been nominated as the best foreign language film. All languages are foreign, otherwise the word languages would not exist.
March 8, 2014
A beautiful, gentle tale of acceptance, understanding and forgiveness. If every immigrant was as willing to listen and learn, integration would be much more pleasant for all. If each resident reached out with kindness, it might make new arrivals more willing to integrate. This movie demonstrates the possibilities, not reality.
March 5, 2014
This movie is exceptionally well conceived. The emotional and psychological aspects are handled with delicacy which is not an easy feat given the heavy topic. Only critique is the ending which was rushed and incomplete. It's possible that the point was to leave viewers "hanging", but it's hard to adequately pull this off to be satisfactory given how emotionally invested we become as viewers.
February 20, 2014
It implores us to be human, but never preaches. All is said in an effortless and affectionate way. The personal loss of a man in exile finds its companion in childhood feeling rudely shaken by a mishap. And this happens across a big ethnic and cultural barrier. I particularly loved the open-ended conclusion of the film.
February 6, 2014
It's good and the character development is admirable, but the pacing was a bit slow.
½ February 2, 2014
Immigrant seeking a won asylum, but not his job replacing the suicidal predecessor. Funny heart-warming fragments set in a bleak school atmosphere make it worthwhile to watch until the end.
Super Reviewer
½ January 26, 2014
At school, Simon(Emilien Neron) is assigned to get the milk when he discovers his beloved teacher hanging from the ceiling of her classroom. Even with the teachers trying to keep all the other students away, Alice(Sophie Nelisse) also witnesses the grisly sight. After the classroom is painted and a psychologist is hired, Ms. Vaillancourt(Danielle Proulx) has only one applicant to replace the teacher, Bachir Lazhar(Mohamed Fellag), who has not taught in quite a while.

"Monsieur Lazhar" is a thoughtful and nuanced look at broken lives being put back together again in multicultural Montreal where differences are more based on age than anything else, with Bachir's back story coming out in fits and bursts. As familiar as some of the story elements may be, it is worth noting how in less sensitive hands it could have gone terribly wrong and didn't, even if one of the children seems straight out of central casting.(I think it's a nice touch that Alice's mom is an airline pilot, a traditionally male occupation.) But as well as the movie opens quickly and efficiently in setting up the story, the ending it just as perfunctory.
January 20, 2014
Este es el cine que más me gusta. Historia simples contadas de tal forma que conmueven. No es necesario recurrir a efectos especiales o actores famosos para hacer un buen film. La película aborda temas complejos, en especial la diferencia cultural entre inmigrantes y canadienses, que se refleja en la educación, en este caso. 100% recomendable, y la crítica lo demuestra.
January 18, 2014
It teaches us not to sugar-coat losses or create melodramatic contents spuriously. The solid intelligence and emotion is what makes this somber and excellent film. One would always wish to have teachers like these people.
½ January 12, 2014
Quite a good (albeit not the standard hero's journey formula) movie. An immigrant from Algeria in Montreal Quebec finds his place as a replacement for class who's teacher has hung herself in the classroom she teaches in. He helps them restart and get over their loss/trauma and move on with their educations. Good story, worthwhile watch too.
½ January 9, 2014
January 9, 2014. What a day did I go pick to watch this movie. You can't hide grief. You can deny it, you can ignore it, you can try to keep in motion throughout. But, sooner than later, grief requires dealing with all of its possible manifestations in order to heal the broken heart. And death deserves, always deserves a good-bye. Great lessons for a day like this.
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