Monsieur Lazhar

Monsieur Lazhar


Plot Summary 

When an elementary school teacher commits suicide one night after class, the school's overworked principal has a hard time finding a replacement. Bachir Lazhar, a middle-aged Algerian immigrant seeking political refuge in Quebec, applies for the job, saying he has experience as a grade school teacher in his home country. When Bachir is hired, he finds he has to deal with Simon, a 10-year-old boy who's traumatized because he was the one who discovered his teacher's body, and a girl whose interpretation of the event causes her to feel resentment towards Simon. Bachir begins to care for his students, hoping to prepare them for the future, but runs into opposition from parents who want him to maintain a professional distance.

Cast & Crew

Actors Mohamed Fellag Director Philippe Falardeau
  Sophie Nélisse Writer Philippe Falardeau
  Émilien Néron Producers Luc Déry
      Kim McCraw
    Distribution Entertainment One 

Additional Information

Rating PG Running time 94 minutes
Language French / English / Arabic Released 2011
  (English Subtitles)    

Short Film Pairing:Cauchemar a l'ecole