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Monsieur Lazhar (Version française)

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  • Actors: Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Émilien Néron
  • Directors: Philippe Falardeau
  • Format: Surround Sound, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Seville Pictures
  • Release Date: March 13 2012
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,495 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Bachir Lazhar is a middle-aged Algerian immigrant seeking political refuge in Quebec. Bachir jumps at the opportunity to replace a Montreal elementary school teacher who committed suicide one night after class. The school's overworked principal is initially relieved. Bachir finds he has to deal with a 10-year-old pupil who is traumatized because he discovered the body of his teacher, and a girl whose interpretation of the event and resentment toward her friend provoke unforeseen revelations.


Après avoir appris la mort d'une institutrice dans une classe de sixième année, Bachir Lazhar, un Algérien de 50 ans va offrir ses services de remplaçant à la directrice de l'école. Il dit avoir a été instituteur à Alger, et il est disponible sur le champ. Bachir fait alors la rencontre d'un groupe d'enfants ébranlés, mais attachants. Le fossé entre eux apparaît dès le premier jour alors que Bachir leur propose une dictée hors de leur portée, tirée de Honoré de Balzac. Personnage un peu énigmatique ayant lui aussi vécu un drame, Bachir Lazhar va prendre en charge une classe fragilisée et les aider à passer à travers leur deuil par l’entremise de l’acte fondamental de l’enseignement. À l'école, personne ne connaît sa vie algérienne et ne se doute qu'il risque l'expulsion du Canada à tout moment.

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À Montréal, Bachir Lazhar, un immigré algérien, est embauché au pied levé pour remplacer une enseignante de primaire disparue subitement. Il apprend peu à peu à connaître et à s'attacher à ses élèves malgré le fossé culturel qui se manifeste dès la première leçon. Pendant que la classe amorce un lent processus de guérison, personne à l'école ne soupçonne le passé douloureux de Bachir, qui risque l'expulsion du pays à tout moment...

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Friederike Knabe TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 8 2012
Format: DVD
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. 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 writer/director came to international attention last year with his film "Incendies" that, like Monsieur Lazhar this year, was nominated for the Academy Award for best foreign-language film. [Friederike Knabe]
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Youri on May 30 2012
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I am a French teacher and just saw this movie. I did not know that it would be such a moving, emotional journey and one that will reward any viewer. The young children are faced with a tragedy, and are torn between their emotions and their need to express what they feel as well as their hesitation to do so creates a tension that slowly builds up throughout the movie. The performances of Mohamed Fellag (Monsieur Lazhar) and especially that of Alice (the teacher's pet in many respects but who does so in a charming way), played by Sophie Nélisse, stand out. Very touching, sweet movie that is well worth watching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FitzHalloran on March 28 2013
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A wonderfully understated window on a human tragedy. Coming from London, it was very instructive to see the life of a school in Montreal and perhaps some of the more closed mentalities the Director exposes. Never sentimental but somehow eminently believable the acting by the children especially is a tour de force. Loved the multicultural classroom and the witty quips from both teachers and pupils. My favourite was Boris!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E.G on June 7 2013
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I bought this movie because it sounded (from the reviews) to be an incredible movie. Perhaps the message was lost on me. The movie makes you question what it means to deal with grief and loss.... and presents different ways in which people cope. I didn't find the movie to be 'inspirational' (as many reviews said it was). Instead, I found it to be heartfelt and emotional... but not inspiring.
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“It’s fascinating watching a movie like this” what was the purpose of it’s subject, to see how
kids react to death, how adults can think they know what kids don’t know, what and when we should
say to them It’s going to okay, with kids being so inquisitive and brutally honest, when they think
they don’t get the right answer for their question, it always comes another that makes the adults look dumb,
when I was a kid one of my friends drowned in the ocean, I remember hiding behind the house because I was
so scared that we were going to get blame for it, and sure enough we were to blame, and to this day, still haunts me,
the thing is no one ever ask why his parents or all of us was allow to go without supervision, just because it’s something
we normally do, so the point I think, maybe the teacher was sending a message to her staff, because the love for her
students outweighed the closed-mindedness of the principle and the board, which teacher in her right mind would do that,
obviously her, plus we never see if anything was accomplished by the psychologist, only Monsieur Lazhar” was the main
focus of the movie, and the two kids, so I was a little shortchanged on that matter,
this disc has the option of English and French, but I cant activate the English, it still goes to the French with the English subtitle,
it wasn’t a problem for me though, have lots of movies like this, I’m used to it,
Widescreen 2.35:1
Runtime 95 Min.
French 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.
It Is Such A Sweet Movie.. Makes You Think About People..
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By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 4 2013
Format: DVD
I have never been so thoroughly engaged in watching a movie as this one. Bravo to this Quebec filmmaker Philip Falardeau for touching the heart of a retired teacher in a very special way. This film has a number of things going for it: one, it effectively addresses a package of interconnecting issues within the framework of a very believable story; two, the acting is terrific in that it plays to the emotional tempo of the plot - no overacting or histrionics here; three, its open-ended conclusion speaks to a realism not found in many North American films these days; and, four, the film is very down-to-earth in how it handles the many challenges facing administrators, teachers, parents, janitors and, most importantly, students in a school year hit hard by tragedy. On the first count, there is plenty to mull over in terms of understanding some of life's big questions: how and why children grieve; how does the public perceive teachers; how are immigrants received in a very closed society like Quebec; how do children relate to children during a sudden crisis; and how people cope with the loss of a loved one. Within this context, all the acting is appropriately focused on trying to clarify and resolve the problems that emerge when people sometimes feel alienated, are misunderstood, are lied to, become uncertain of the future, or are just plain overwhelmed by a personal loss. As the movie finishes, the audience is left with an incomplete feeling that though people can come together to achieve a better understanding of each other's needs, the problems never really go away; we just learn how to handle them better and move on with our lives.Read more ›
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