Monsieur Lazhar (Version française)
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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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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]
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,
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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