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- 1 hr 34 min
Monsieur Lazhar is a drama film produced by Kim McCraw and Luc Déry. The film stars Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Émilien Néron, Jules Philip, Brigitte Poupart and Danielle Proulx. In the film, an elementary school teacher commits suicide, and a man from Algeria named Bashir Lazhar is soon employed to take her place. Bashir, however, is still grieving a devastating loss in his own life. He has never taught in a school setting before and previously managed a restaurant. In spite of their differences, Bashir connects with his students and overcomes his troubles in meeting the administration's requirements. While the students work to heal from their original teacher's untimely death, everyone at the school remains uninformed on Bashir's personal troubles and uncertain immigration status. Bashir's wife, who was also a teacher, was killed alongside her son and daughter in a criminally set fire. The people who killed Bashir's family members were enraged over a book that his wife wrote, in which she accused the individuals who were to blame for her nation's compromise, which had freed many writers charged with serious criminal offenses. Monsieur Lazhar studies Bashir's life working as a teacher with his colleagues and his students, as well as how the children overcome their grief over the loss of their former teacher. Over time, Bashir grows to earn the love and respect of his students. But the previous teacher's death continues to bother the children. Bashir encourages the students to discuss their feelings as a class. Ultimately, the truths of Bashir's past are revealed, and he is relieved of his duties. He convinces the principal to allow him to teach for one last day, on which he allows the children to edit a story he wrote about their emotional growth. Monsieur Lazhar was released in 2012 in the United States. The film was distributed by Music Box Films. Monsieur Lazhar runs for 94 minutes.