Monsieur Lazhar [Review]

I love a good French film. Since seeing Love Me If You Dare back in 2003, I’ve seen many French films, all varying in quality. The other day, I met my cousin Esther for a movie at my favorite theater — City Cinemas 1, 2, 3 (on 3rd Avenue between 59th and 60th). I had already seen Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (great movie, go see it!), and so the only other option besides Bully was a movie called Monseiur Lazhar.

I had read up on the movie ahead of time, but was still unsure of what exactly to expect of the French-Canadian film.

Laced with bits of comedy, Monseiur Lazhar was a deep reflection of the bond between student and teacher, with a glimpse of the events in their lives that shape the bond.

Mohamed Fellag who plays Bachir Lazhar is lovable and honest, and works with a group of students as they overcome the grief caused by their former teacher’s suicide that took place in their classroom. The students are by no means one-dimensional. There’s a growing tension between schoolmates Alice and Simon that mounts throughout the movie.

I highly recommend this movie for anyone looking for something that tugs at the heart from all angles.

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