The spatial dynamics of an elementary school classroom are of pri- mary importance in Monsieur Lazhar from the very first image. The film just doesn”t compare to great teacher dramas like to sir with love. Remember me on this computer. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Read our community guidelines here. Unlike Marin, Lazhar does redeem himself in some sense by reaching some of the students in his care, but he is also revealed — in one of several closing ironies — as perhaps inspirational but not a trained teacher at all. A Quarterly Review May 3, Rating:

We aim to create a safe and valuable space for discussion and debate. Thoughtful, intelligent, elegant, touching, warm and with some splendid dashes of humour. I consent to the collection, use, maintenance, and disclosure of my information in accordance with the Postmedia’s Privacy Policy. Although it raises timeless questions about life and loss, and timely ones about mentorship and multiculturalism, “Monsieur Lazhar” would rather teach than preach. May 3, Rating: Site navigation Your reading history. There are many scenes that seem aimless until they’re considered in the scope of the larger story.

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I think Lazhar should have had to expose critiue damage; these kids’ emotional lives are on display for Lazhar, and it seemed logical that Lazhar would have to do likewise.

As a whole, the film is part of the teacher-as-hero genre, and while its anti-intellectualism is confined to the premise that a man with no training can succeed, Monsieur Lazhar is a nurturing love educator, thrown into an emotionally charged classroom with grief-demons of his own.


Monsieur Lazhar: An unforgettable tale, artfully told

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Quickly hired to replace the deceased, he finds himself in an establishment in crisis, while going through his own personal tragedy. New Theories and Histories. Rising teacher absenteeism spurs Ontario school boards to hire non-certified replacements.

Though far more serious in tone, both Monsieur Lazhar and Entre les murs achieve their lasting effects on a related axis of generic auto-critique. Aug 31, Full Review…. You could almost describe ‘Monsieur Lazhar’ as a morality tale, but it’s more thought-provoking than debate-provoking. Report an error Editorial code of conduct. For a provoca- tive and thorough recent summary of the large body of literature on the concept of art xu, see Rosalind Galt and Karl Schoonover.

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More Top Movies Trailers. Along the way, it becomes clear that Lazhar, just like his students, is coming to grips with heavy-duty baggage in his own life, and former pals Simon and Alice are waging their own little emotional battle related to the death of the teacher.

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These women, friends of the deceased, act like a cabal, akin monsleur apologists for a woman that may have acted inappropriately with a male monxieur, Simon, who first discovers the dangling educator in his homeroom.


Though the film may not break aesthetic ground in broader respects, it is remarkably sly in deploying conventional methods of classroom coverage to signal tonal shifts. Man With a Plan. The last 10 stories you viewed are saved here. Don’t have an account?

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The muted brilliance of Monsieur Lazhar lies in how it monxieur gently at the layered paradoxes of power brought to bear on most any pedagog- ical situation. For a film with so little action, there is actually a lot going on here.

The principal, Madame Vaillancourt Danielle Proulxtells the students at an assembly that they have to get lxzhar this thing together and the school brings in a psychologist to help make that happen. A deeply touching movie about loss, guilt and uprooting, it manages to address complex issues with elegance and subtlety, while avoiding the trap of sentimentality.

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But the principal is having trouble finding a replacement teacher. Follow the instructions to update your password. Jun 1, Rating: