Film review: Monsieur Lazhar

By Helene Wong In Film

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24th November, 2012
Just as Nicolas Philibert’s To Be and To Have observed the delicate relationship between students and teacher in a French country school, Monsieur Lazhar does something similar in a Montreal classroom. The drama is more obvious, but the care and sensitivity required of the teacher is no different. Monsieur Lazhar (Algerian actor Fellag) takes over a class of youngsters grieving over the death of their teacher. He has his own secrets, and ways of teaching that are greeted, up to a point, with amused tolerance. But it’s the oblique, almost chance way he compassionately helps ...

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