A Montreal elementary school class is traumatized by their teacher's suicide. Monsieur Lazhar,
an Algerian refugee, becomes the replacement teacher for the class. The students' suffering mirrors
Lazhar's own hidden suffering at his family losses. The interactions between Lazhar and his students
bring a measure of healing and understanding to all.
Rated PG-13 for content.
Post-film discussion led by Dr. Rachel Krantz, Associate Professor of English and Modern Languages
at Shepherd University.
About the director Philippe Falardeau.
Interview with the director.
Other background on the film.
A selection of reviews of the film.