Monsieur Lazhar (2012)

Monsieur Lazhar
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating PG 13
Runtime 1hr 34mins.
Genres Drama, Foreign
Keywords childhood, children, death, immigration, play, political, school, suicide, teacher, tragedy
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Philippe Falardeau Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Evelyne de la Chenelière Play as Source Material (from stage play "Monsieur Lazhar") 120972 4000002
Kim McCraw Producer n/a 3 3000002
Luc Dery Producer n/a 3 3000001
Philippe Falardeau Director n/a 2 2000001
Claude Paiement Line Producer n/a 161 5000001
Ronald Plante Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Francesca Chamberland Costume Designer n/a 169 13000001
Pierre Bertrand Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Emmanuel Frechette Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Martin Leon Original Score n/a 120839 8000001
Stéphane Lafleur Editor n/a 172 7000001
Evelyne De La Cheneliere Actor Alice's mother 1 1000014
Vincent Millard Actor Victor 1 1000013
Brigitte Poupart Actor Claire 1 1000005
Louis Champagne Actor Janitor 1 1000006
Danielle Proulx Actor Mrs. Vaillencourt 1 1000004
Émilien Néron Actor Simon 1 1000003
Sophie Nélisse Actor Alice 1 1000002
Jules Philip Actor Gaston 1 1000007
Francine Ruel Actor Mrs. Dumas 1 1000008
Louis-David Leblanc Actor Boris 1 1000012
Marie-Eve Beauregard Actor Marie-Frederique 1 1000011
Seddik Benslimane Actor Abdelmalek 1 1000010
Sophie Sanscartier Actor Audree 1 1000009
Mohamed Fellag Actor Bachir Lazhar 1 1000001
In Montreal, an elementary school teacher dies abruptly. Having learned of the incident in the newspaper, Bachir Lazhar, 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.