Monsieur Lazhar // Bachir Lazhar

Canadian filmmaker Philippe Falardeau, does not consider himself to be a filmmaker, let alone even an artist. He attributes these modest statements because of his studies in political science and international relations. That being said, there is no doubt in my mind that his current line-up of impressive works will continue to support Falardeau’s agree-to-disagree label as an auteur. Check out more from his latest Monsieur Lazhar // Bachir Lazhar after the jump. Official synopsis can be read as follows:

“Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Monsieur Lazhar tells the poignant story of a Montreal middle school class shaken by the death of their well-liked teacher. Bachir Lazhar (Fellag), a 55-year-old Algerian immigrant, offers the school his services as a substitute teacher and is quickly hired. As he helps the children heal, he also learns to accept his own painful past. This moving film features exquisite performances by Fellag and a stunning ensemble of child actors.”

Watch the trailer down at the bottom of the page!

Monsieur Lazhar // Bachir Lazhar, 2011