Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, April 20, 2012 – Sunday, April 29, 2012

 Detroit Film Theatre

(Canada/2011—directed by Philippe Falardeau)

In Montreal, the unexpected death of an elementary school teacher comes to the attention of Bachir Lazhar, a 55-year-old Algerian immigrant, who goes to the school to offer his services as a substitute teacher and is quickly hired as a replacement. The cultural gap between Bachir and his class is immediately apparent when he gives them a dictation exercise well beyond their reach. Bachir soon learns to better understand this group of shaken, endearing kids, among whom are two charismatic pupils particularly affected by their teacher’s death. While the class goes through the healing process, nobody in the school is aware of Bachir’s past; nor do they suspect the constant risk under which he lives. Richly expanded from a one-character play by Evelyne de la Chenelière and featuring a marvelous central performance by Fellag, the enchanting Monsieur Lazhar depicts the encounter between two distant worlds and the power of self-expression. From the producers of the Academy Award®-nominated Incendies, Monsieur Lazhar uses great sensitivity and humor to follow a humble man who is ready to transcend his own troubles in order to guide a new generation. Winner, Best Canadian Feature Prize at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, Academy Award® nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, and winner of six Canadian Academy Awards (Genie Awards), including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. In French with English subtitles. (94 min.)

"Luminous and tender... one of the most gripping Québécois films of the last decade." Martin Bilodeau, Toronto Film Festival 

"A NYT Critics' Pick! Indelible, exquisite, superb."  –Stephen Holden, The New York Times

Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21 at 7:00 PM
Sunday, April 22 at 2:00 PM
Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28 at 9:30 PM
Sunday, April 29 at 4:30 PM