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Monsieur Lazhar

This screening took place on
Friday, October 24, 2014 at 6:30pm
Yukon Arts Centre

A humble man hired to replace an elementary school teacher who died tragically uses sensitivity and humor to transcend his own loss in order to accompany children beyond the taboo of death. In French with English subtitles.

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. Quickly hired to replace the deceased, he finds himself in an establishment in crisis, while going through his own personal tragedy. The cultural gap between Bachir and his class is made immediately apparent when he gives them a dictation exercise that is beyond their reach. Little by little, Bachir learns to better know this group of shaken but endearing kids, among whom are Alice and Simon, two charismatic pupils particularly affected by their teacher’s death. While the class goes through the healing process, nobody in the school is aware of Bachir’s painful past; nor do they suspect that he is at risk of being deported at any moment.

Parental guidance advised for mature thematic material, a disturbing image and brief language.

Tickets: $11 YFS members&seniors/ $12 non-members/$6 youth/ $26 family of up to 5 for child and youth appropriate films

  • Directed by Philippe Falardeau
  • 2011, Quebec
  • 95 minutes
  • Film Subtitled
  • Parental Guidance Advised
Monsieur Lazhar

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