Fellag éblouissant dans un récit, il me semble, sur l'absence du père ou du maitre: l'absence par la mort, l'absence par le travail, l'absence par le suicide... Une réflexion en sourdine sur l'éducation moderne ou traditionnelle, sur le talent d'etre enseignant, sur la société en manque de présence affective et paternelle. Superbe.
Un personnage principal des plus attachants , des scènes touchante et remplis de diverses émotions ...J'aurais seulement aimé qu'il approfondissent plus le lien de l'histoire de Bashir face a ses élèves pour démontré que le personnage principal connait le sentiment de ceux ci , Sinon , Excellent film !
It is an important story, full of emotions and humanity. I only wish I had been moved a tiny bit more...
A wonderful and very touching, multifaceted piece of film. I was very touched and I'm still pondering issues that don't quite let me go. It's a truly remarkable work.
A small but deeply profound film about an exile from Algeria who manages to find a place teaching at a school in Montreal. It opens with a tragic scene of a suicide by a teacher, Martine at a primary school. The director elicits an astonishingly sophisticated performance from the children. It is both funny and sad and leaves you with small tears...
Enjoyed it even more on second viewing. The performances are so well woven together with an authenticity not usually seen in classroom pictures. Young actors Emile Neron and Sophie Nelisse both give performances here that rank amongst the best. Fellag just heartbreaking as the teacher trying to deal with the children's grief as well as his hidden own. Glad to see Falardeau so honoured for this mature work.
You'll know it's a good film when it able to move you. And this film is moving and poignant.
An Algerian refugee fleeing from his past steps in as the new teacher for a troubled class whose former teacher committed suicide in the classroom. As the school mourns and the children struggle to cope with shock, sadness, and guilt, Mr. Lazhar becomes the strong, encouraging figure they need, despite skeptical, overprotective parents and clueless administrators. Thoughtful & wise, w/o the usual cliches.
The polar opposite of 'detachment' this Academy award nominated pic gently and poignantly follows the arrival of a mysterious substitute teacher and his impact on a classroom dealing with the suicide of their previous teacher. It's heart-warming and honest, exquisitely photographed and performance perfect whilst at the same time manages to subtly comment on immigration, truth and bias. 4 stars