Monsieur Lazhar

May 15 – 17
Tue 6:00 8:00
Wed 6:00 8:00
Thu 6:00 8:00 (last show)

(Canada / 2011 / dir by Philippe Falardeau)
PG-13 / 94 mins.
Nominated this year for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, this is  a poignant story of a Montreal elementary-school class that is left reeling after its teacher commits suicide, and then is replaced.
A charismatic Algerian immigrant, Bachir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag), reads of the tragedy, meets the principal and offers his services. With no one else looking for the job, he’s hired, and becomes the substitute teacher for the classroom of traumatized children including Alice and Simon, who seem particularly affected. With gentle humor, compassion and an elegant touch, Monsieur Lazhar tells a story about a man who transcends his own grief and tragedy, as well as a cultural gap, to help his young students process death and loss in their lives. All the while, he must keep his personal life hidden. Wonderful performances from the both the young actors as well as their new teacher make this an unusually rewarding film. In English, French, and Arabic with subtitles
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