Monsieur Lazhar is a 2011 Canadian French language drama film. It was directed by Philippe Falardeau and the story was developed by Evelyne de la Cheneliere. It starred Mohamed Fellag as Monsieur Lazhar, the lead role. It was Canada’s official entry to the 84th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film in 2011 but lost to Iran’s “A Separation.”
Plot. The film is the story of Bashir Lazhar, an Algerian immigrant to Canada who became a schoolteacher for a short while.
The movie opens with a scene in an elementary school in Montreal, Canada. A teacher has just hanged herself on her classroom. The incident sends a great trauma to the students who experience nightmares during the night. Later, Bashir Lazhar applies for the vacant job and is then quickly hired. Unknown to everybody, Lazhar is also recovering from a personal tragedy.