Monsieur Lazhar is a low-key but charming Oscar-nominated film from French-speaking Canada. Set in Montreal, it follows the story of Algerian immigrant Lazhar. Having lost his wife and children to conflict in Algeria, he applies for a teaching job at a local school. The school has problems of its own too, as a teacher has just unthinkably committed suicide in a classroom. Can Monsieur Lazhar bond his class and come to some sort of solution for this tragedy? Well-acted by its cast, particularly the children, Philippe Falardeau's film recalls many classroom-based films like Dead Poets Society but has its own distinct voice. There's an emotional depth to it that carries it through to a bittersweet but heartfelt conclusion. Well-worth seeking out.
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