Director: Philippe Falardeau
Screenwriters: Philippe Falardeau
We are thrilled to show the work of QuĂ©bĂ©cois filmmaker Philippe Falardeau for the first time at the Sundance Film Festival. Exemplifying precise filmmaking and deeply affecting storytelling, Monsieur Lazhar is Falardeauâ€™s fourth feature film and Canada's 2011 Oscar submission.
During a harsh MontrĂ©al winter, an elementary-school class is left reeling after its teacher commits suicide. Bachir Lazhar, a charismatic Algerian immigrant, steps in as the substitute teacher for the classroom of traumatized children. All the while, he must keep his personal life tucked away: the fact that he is seeking political refuge in QuĂ©becâ€”and that he, like the children, has suffered an appalling loss.
Mohamed Fellag as Lazhar delivers a performance full of charm, compassion, and humanity, allowing the story of a beloved teacher to breathe with wit and originality. With Falardeauâ€™s gentle humor and elegant touch, Monsieur Lazhar tells a gorgeous story about a man who transcends his own grief and tragedy to help his young students process death and loss in their lives.
- International Narrative Feature Films
- 2012, Sundance Film Festival
- Canada, 94 min.