Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Monsieur Lazhar (film)

Monsieur Lazhar will be screening at the Curzon in Langney Road towards the end of April in its second local outing. I saw this when it was previously shown at Hailsham Pavilion in September last year. It's not a 'change the world' film but I think definitely worth a viewing.

Released in 2011, Monsieur Lazhar is a French language film from Canada directed by Philippe Falardeau. It is based on the play 'Bashir Lazhar' by Evelyne de la Cheneliere and was Canada's entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards, also winning seven of its nine nominated categories at Quebec's Jutra Awards.

Monsieur Lazhar is set in an elementary school in Montreal. When a teacher commits suicide in her classroom, Algerian immigrant Lazhar (Mohamed Said Fellag) is hastily employed to replace her. There are huge cultural differences between Lazhar and his students and he does not find the rigid school system easy to work within. As his students are trying to come to terms with the loss of the their previous teacher, Lazhar himself attempts to overcome his own secret tragedy, the murder of his wife and son.

Curzon Cinema, Wed 24th April, times tbc.

Tickets £6.80 adults, £4.80 concessions, available by calling 01323 731441 or in person at the Box Office (3pm-7pm daily).

1 comment:

  1. A deceptively gentle film which deals with powerful issues of loss and desertion. Mohamed Fellag puts in a moving performance as Bachir and the children in the class are convincing throughout, especially Alice (Sophie Nelisse) and Simon (Emilien Neron). Other than the need to suspend disbelief at Bachir actually being given a teaching post with no references, this is an excellent film that is worth a watch.