Award-winning French language film ‘Monsieur Lazhar’ at Nenagh Arts Centre this Thursday

Phillippe Falardeau’s 2011 film ‘Monsieur Lazhar’ is based in a Canadian school where the arrival of a new teacher changes the lives of children and colleagues. 

 

In a wintery Montreal schoolyard, Alice and her pal Simon are traumatized by the death of one of their teachers.  A replacement arrives; Monsieur Lazhar (Mohamed Saïd Fellag), an Algerian immigrant, turns up unannounced in the headmistress’ office. He’s read about the tragedy in the newspaper and should

Mohamed Fellag is ‘Monsieur Lazhar’ at Nenagh Arts Centre on the Thursday 25th October

like to apply for the late teacher’s old job. Lazhar’s old-school methodology inspires resent among his few male colleagues. Others are intrigued by his ethnicity. But in his willingness to discuss the death, he turns out to be far more open than hipper, younger staff members. However far from the campus, Lazhar harbours some terrible secrets of his own.

 

This is an excellent film for lovers of world cinema and won the Canadian Oscar (Genie) for Best Motion Picture and Best Director in 2012. The film has French subtitles and is certified 12A

 

The film screens at 8 p.m. this Thursday 25th October. Admission is €7 at the door.

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