May 17, 2012

Monsieur Lazhar (2011)

Directed by: Philippe Falardeau
Country: Canada

Plot: At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom.
Quick comment: Nothing could have been more convenient than the encounter between school kids who are facing the suicide of their former teacher in classroom and an algerian refugee who fakes to be a teacher and him too, tries to deal with the death of his family. Despite this obvious arrangement, I would recommend it since it manages to be light and sensible within such a heavy subject as death. At the end you’ll feel comforted.
Relevant Awards: best canadian film (Toronto); best screenplay  (Valladolid).

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