Monsieur Lazhar An Algerian immigrant (comic Fellag, in a subtle, serious performance) takes over as substitute in a Montreal classroom of traumatized kids after the on-site suicide… Monsieur Lazhar An Algerian immigrant (comic Fellag, in a subtle, serious performance) takes over as substitute in a Montreal classroom of traumatized kids after the on-site suicide… 2012-04-13 PT94M Comedy PG-13 Music Box Films
Movie Review

Monsieur Lazhar (2012)

MONSIEUR LAZHAR
MONSIEUR LAZHAR
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Apr 13, 2012; Length: 94 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, PG-13; Distributor: Music Box Films

An Algerian immigrant (comic Fellag, in a subtle, serious performance) takes over as substitute in a Montreal classroom of traumatized kids after the on-site suicide of their teacher. And Monsieur has got troubles of his own. A 2012 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, adapted by writer-director Philippe Falardeau from a one-man play, Monsieur Lazhar suffers at times from handling too many sadnesses at once. But the movie's tonic lack of sentimentality binds the various griefs together into something moving. B+

Originally posted Apr 11, 2012 Published in issue #1203-1204 Apr 20, 2012 Order article reprints
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