Monsieur Lazhar Synopsis
An Algerian emigrant takes over a Canadian classroom after a teacher's tragic death.
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Washington Post

By Ann Hornaday
Monsieur Lazhar resembles a clear, clean glass of water: transparent, utterly devoid of gratuitous flavorings or frou-frou, and all the...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jennie Punter
It's an exquisite, humanistic and subtly topical work of cinema art that manages to keep the intimate, revelatory sensibility of a one-man...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
What makes the film enthralling is the wisdom and grace with which it addresses the twin subjects of grief and healing, and the quiet...
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By Bob Mondello
Fellag, a comedian and himself an exile from Algeria, makes Lazhar both a sensitive and an amusing figure. And the kids are just terrific,...
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Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Monsieur Lazhar doesn't send you home depressed. Instead, the film leaves you hopeful, and even exhilarated, that even the most painful...
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Like a dedicated teacher, this is a film that stays with you.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
One of the qualities of Monsieur Lazhar is that it has no simple questions and simple answers. Its purpose is to present us with a...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
There's a quiet metaphor here: How do you teach children without touching them - their minds, their souls, their sensitivities?
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Falarde, in adapting a play, has a sweet, humanistic approach reminiscent of Bill Forsyth's '80s dramedies that lets "Lazhar's" protagonist...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
An understated story of coping with emotional blows that offers a compelling portrait of a decent man.
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Monsieur Lahzar

By makeminechocolate
It was wonderful. Excellent, intelligent movie. Superb acting, editing. See it....

Monsieur Lazhar

By otustani
Excellent movie. A well-acted and interesting depiction of the complexity of human beings....


By Peneflix
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;...

Monsieur lazhar

By acsw
Wonderful film from start to finish. It covers many topics.....most importantly is the profound importance teachers play in the lives of children especially their emotional development. Life isn't...

sweet, traagic, funny...don't miss

By martingg
So well acted....hard not to laugh, cry, and smile.......

Touches the soul of many issues, from K-12 public ed to multi-cultural globalization

If you like great stories and are interested in K-12 public ed or multi-cultural globalization, this is a must see....

a bit slow but a decent movie

By tomedison7
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....

By pbloch1

By ltob

A sweet film!

By Morley123
What a kind, sweet, thoughtful film. Do yourself a favor and see it....

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Rated PG-13 | For Mature Thematic Material, Brief Language and A Disturbing Image