Monsieur Lazhar is a 2011 Canadian drama film directed by Philippe Falardeau. The screenplay was developed from Bashir Lazhar, a one-character play by Évelyne de la Chenelière. The film was nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards.
Directed by : Philippe Falardeau
Produced by : Luc Déry, Kim McCraw
Screenplay by : Philippe Falardeau
Story by : Évelyne de la Chenelière
Starring : Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Émilien Néron, Danielle Proulx, Brigitte Poupart, Jules Philip
Music by : Martin Léon
Cinematography : Ronald Plante
Editing by : Stéphane Lafleur
Studio : Microscope Productions, Les Films Seville Pictures
Distributed by : Music Box Films, Christal Films, Arsenal Filmverleih, Agora Films, UGC International, Seville Pictures, A Contracorriente Films, Thim Film, Europafilm, Distribution Company
Release date: 8 August 2011
In Montreal, an elementary school teacher kills herself. Bachir Lazhar, an Algerian immigrant, is quickly hired to replace her while he is experiencing a personal tragedy of his own. His wife, who was a teacher and writer, died in a criminal arson attack with her daughter and son, a fire caused by targets (along with their associates) of the last book she wrote dealing with the social and economic shortcomings in present-day Algeria, from which comes the phrase eloquently said by Bachir: "Nothing is ever really normal in Algeria." He gets to know his students despite the cultural gap that is evident from the very first lesson. As the class tries to move on from their former teacher's suicide, nobody at the school is aware of Bachir's painful past, who could be deported at any time given his status as a refugee.
Monsieur Lazhar - Trailer