Monsieur Lazhar Reviews

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September 17, 2020
If anything, Falardeau most calls into question the world and the ways in which we are raising our children.
August 6, 2019
A quietly moving paean to education that pulls no punches in its portrayal of childhood trauma and resilience in the face of darkness.
January 4, 2019
[Monsieur Lazhar] is a surprisingly charming, but sad, story of the sort of special mentor we're all lucky if we meet once in a lifetime.
August 31, 2018
Thoughtful, intelligent, elegant, touching, warm and with some splendid dashes of humour. It almost made me forget myself, which is weird, as well as something of a novelty.
August 30, 2018
It rarely diverges from the template, but it's a particularly modest, intelligent and moving film.
August 30, 2018
[Philippe] Falardeau's unobtrusive direction, and the restrained performance of Fellag and the child actors, make this a powerful, unsentimental film that doesn't make you feel like you're hearing a lecture.
September 18, 2017
lowly enveloping you in its pace, this is a film you never want to end.
June 2, 2013
Guaranteed to have you reaching for the Kleenex.
April 21, 2013
Falardeau had the good fortune to work with a powerfully effective ensemble cast, and Martin Léon's minimalist ambient score helps set the mood for a satisfying story about the healing effect brief encounters can have on emotional scars.
January 15, 2013
While it may not stand out from similar movies, Monsieur Lazhar is a sweet film with a simple story and remains engaging thanks in large part to Mohamed Fellag's charming performance.
January 7, 2013
Philippe Falardeau's direction is a model of the notion that less is more, and this film is a treat well worth savoring.
November 22, 2012
This is cinema at its most impactful.
September 27, 2012
By the time you realise how invested you are in this tale it is too late: Monsieur Lazhar has you. I consider myself a cinematic Chuck Norris, but this film had me blubbering like a baby.
September 16, 2012
While "Monsieur Lazhar" is a decent film, I wish it would have done more to stand out from other similar films.
September 12, 2012
The film understands the complex bond between teachers and students, and how the classroom is a sacred space they share for a short time before moving on.
September 7, 2012
Thankfully, the impressive cast of child actors actually behave like children, not like miniature adults.
September 6, 2012
Monsieur Lazhar is a film to cherish.
September 6, 2012
Monsieur Lazhar never pretends to be anything but a grown-up fable, and it's a captivating one.
September 6, 2012
Phillipe Falardeau, who adapted the play into a screenplay, can't entirely paper over a few niggling loose ends, but overall this disturbing film is very effective indeed.
September 6, 2012
Lazhar is something of a puzzle, and much of the pleasure of Philippe Falardeau's film lies in the gradual unfolding of his reserved yet impulsive personality.
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