Monsieur Lazhar
Monsieur Lazhar (2012)

In Montreal, an elementary school teacher dies abruptly. Having learned of the incident in the newspaper, Bachir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag), a 55-year-old Algerian immigrant, goes to the school to offer his services as a substitute teacher.… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 13, 2012
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2012
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Monsieur Lahzar is a tender and thoughtful portrait of a man with hidden grief and also a compelling exploration of the teacher-student dynamic.

Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Although it raises timeless questions about life and loss, and timely ones about mentorship and multiculturalism, "Monsieur Lazhar" would rather teach than preach.

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Cath Clarke
Time Out

You could almost describe 'Monsieur Lazhar' as a morality tale, but it's more thought-provoking than debate-provoking.

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Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

lowly enveloping you in its pace, this is a film you never want to end.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

A gentle film can still be searing in its effect on an audience, something that "Monsieur Lazhar" proves emphatically.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

A sad, reflective study of the possibilities, and the impossibilities, inherent in the teacher-student relationship.

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

Guaranteed to have you reaching for the Kleenex.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

With a few folds, this story could have made a script for John Barrymore, like Topaze, or for Chaplin.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

"Monsieur Lazhar" is good. Really good.

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Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

Falardeau had the good fortune to work with a powerfully effective ensemble cast, and Martin Léon's minimalist ambient score helps set the mood for a satisfying story about the healing effect brief encounters can have on emotional scars.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Even if the performances are not that strong, this is a delicate drama that could have been easily made into a maudlin melodrama in the wrong hands but instead… More
'Monsieur Lazhar'. Gently, but respectfully deals with loss through great all-round performances and poignant writing.
Jim Hunter
A refugee from Algeria goes to Montreal and takes over for a teacher who killed herself. A gentle film with an edge, Monsieur Lazhar features strong… More
William Dunmyer
"Monsieur Lazhar," which earlier this year lost the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar to "A Separation", is overall mediocre. It's… More
Cynthia S.
Nice enough movie, just really slow. Definitely the kind that critics like....
Rubia Carolina
After François Hollande´s victory in the last French presidential elections, Algerian flags have been seen in the Place de la Bastille. Not really surprising.… More