Directed by Philippe Falardeau
Canada, 2011, 94 min.
Language: French, English, and Arabic, with English subtitles Genre: Narrative
Wednesday, August 08 8:00 PM
at the Chilmark Community Center
Nominated for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, this masterful classroom drama tells the story of a Montreal middle school class shaken by the death of their well-liked teacher. Bachir Lazhar (Mohamed Saïd Fellag), A 55-year-old Algerian immigrant who is hired as the substitute, helps the children heal while he learns to accept his own painful past. This profoundly affecting film has garnered many awards for its performances by Algerian star Fellag and the stunning ensemble of child actors.
“Monsieur Lazhar sustains an exquisite balance between grown-up and child’s-eye views of education, teacher-student relations, and peer-group interactions. ...Like no other film about middle school life that I can recall Monsieur Lazhar conveys the intensity and the fragility of these classroom bonds and the mutual trust they require.”
– Stephen Holden, The New York Times