Monday, February 3, 2014

Monsieur Lazhar, a French-Canadian film

A French-Canadian film, set in a Montreal middle school.
Opening scenes include a quick glimpse of a teacher who has commit suicide in her classroom.  This sets the tone for the rest of the film.

Monsieur Lazhar, has applied for refugee status in Canada, although the immigration department is not entirely sure he should be granted this status.

Monsieur Lazhar, has applied and been hired to become the substitute teacher to the class who lost their teacher.  This is an interesting mix, as he really is not a teacher, but has high ideals of what should be taught in the classroom.

The young actors in this film are incredible, the story is highly moving, albeit not light and fuzzy due to the subject of death, and the reason why Monsieur Lazhar has left Algeria.

This is a movie well worth watching.

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