To monsieur, with love
THOUGH the hurting is in plentiful supply, it is all about the healing in this sincerely moving classroom drama from Canada.
A group of primary schoolers reeling from the tragic death of their favourite teacher is gently guided through the mourning process by a mysterious new staff member.
Lazhar ( Mohamed Fellag, above with one of the students) is an Algerian refugee who has bluffed his way into a teaching job, but is blessed with a gift to connect with students that puts his better qualified peers to shame.
The film proceeds at a deliberately slow pace for its first hour, focusing largely on the immediate aftermath of the demise of Lazhar’s predecessor.
The circumstances surrounding the incident, which cannot be discussed here, wields a profound impact upon the children.
Though psychiatrists and counsellors are brought in to offer support, there is a lingering numbness only Lazhar can cut through.
The real reason for his ability to feel, absorb and eradicate the sorrow of his students is kept a secret from everyone, and turns out to be the most heartbreaking aspect of the film.
Exquisitely acted ( especially by the younger cast members) and scripted, this Oscarnominated production is a genuinely affecting and memorable screen experience.
Now showing State Cinema