Written April 30, 2012
This enchanting, compelling film is a slice of reality served poignantly by writer and director Philippe Falardeau, based on the play by Evelyne de la Cheneliere addressing loss, trauma, guilt; young and mature souls , seeking a curative redemption.
Rarely will you see a movie so perfectly balanced; with flawless pace and grace the plot unfolds, unmasking the pain of both instructor and pupils; nothing is as it seems. Monsieur Lazhar employs unconventional methods to ignite the imaginations and skills of his young, tortured charges.
Many have had a "Monsieur Lazhar” in their lives; a teacher whose inspiration, devotion, passion opened windows of wisdom, unknown, dormant vistas, erasing barriers blocking creativity; with their electrifying stimulation, came recognition, accomplishment; a life of fulfillment, contentment, knowing you tested the waters and swam, maybe not at the Olympic level, but a medal winner, nonetheless.
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Written April 29, 2012
So well acted....hard not to laugh, cry, and smile....
Written May 06, 2012
If you like great stories and are interested in K-12 public ed or multi-cultural globalization, this is a must see.
Written April 16, 2012
I'm glad I saw Monsieur Lazhar. The acting is good. The pace is a bit slow. Moral of the story: stay out of Algeria.