Monsieur Lazhar

Lists: Comedy, Drama

Brief Synopsis: "During a harsh Montréal winter, an elementary-school class is left reeling after its teacher commits suicide. Bachir Lazhar, a charismatic Algerian immigrant, steps in as the substitute teacher for the classroom of traumatized children. All the while, he must keep his personal life tucked away: the fact that he is seeking political refuge in Québec – and that he, like the children, has suffered an appalling loss."

Overall Ranking: 243 (Rank from 2011: # 4)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 75%
Regular 25%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Andrew Buckle of The Film Emporium97(full review)
David Baruffi88(full review)
CinemaVisitor Erik85 - Touching tale about losing loved ones and coping with grief from a point of view of a teacher and students. Simply beautiful.
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Sober Film Critic James Brown80(full review)

People Involved

  • Mohamed Fellag (Bachir Lazhar)
  • Émilien Néron (Simon)
  • Danielle Proulx (Mme Vaillancourt)
  • Sophie Nélisse (Alice LÉcuyer)
  • Philippe Falardeau (Director)
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