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Monsieur Lazhar

When:

Wed 8 Aug 2012, 6:30pm

Where: The Forum, 154 Flinders St, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: JennyEF

Oscar nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, Monsieur Lazhar is a deeply moving character study.

When a respected and well-liked Montreal middle school teacher takes her own life, leaving her pupils traumatised, 55-year-old Algerian immigrant Bachir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag) is hired as a substitute teacher. As he attempts to help the children cope with the tragedy, he is forced to accept his own distressing past – and realises he has as much to learn from his students as they do from him.

Directed by Philippe Falardeau (It’s Not Me, I Swear! MIFF 09) and produced by Luc Déry and Kim McCraw (Incendies), Monsieur Lazhar delivers a poignant, beautifully crafted tale about grief, innocence and guilt.

“Quietly intelligent and respectable, has clear crowdpleaser appeal in the arthouse arena.” – Variety