Monsieur Lazhar – Movie Review

Posted: March 15, 2012 in Entertainment, Movies, Reviews

Monsieur Lazhar was Canada’s Oscar bid for best foreign film, as it is in French with subtitles.  It is both deep and light, dealing with the suicide of an elementary teacher in her classroom and the arrival of a supply teacher who is an Algerian refugee with his own shadows.  It has a variety of themes and morals, many having to do with the nature of education, but also deals with some psychological issues around the nature of suicide.  The cast is great, both adults and students, making for an entertaining, even sometimes humorous film with a message, -or rather several.  The messages are delivered incidentally and at no time do you feel that it is preachy.  A serious but pleasant movie.

I would give this movie an A-


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