Posted for Grace Thompson

The French Film Series will continue next week with Monsieur Lazhar on Wednesday, February 26th at 7 pm in 113 Carnegie (free admission).

“A classroom is a place of friendship, of work, of courtesy, a place of life,” says the new teacher of the title to his sixth-grade students in a Montreal public school. That profoundly touching statement evinces the deep respect Monsieur Lazhar (the phenomenal Mohamed Fellag) has for his charges, who are still reeling from a beloved teacher’s very public suicide. Writer-director Philippe Falardeau’s unforgettable movie, based on a one-person play by Evelyne de la Chenelière, explores the intricate process by which M. Lazhar earns the respect and trust of his pupils.

Monsieur Lazhar won the UBS Audience Award and the Piazza Grande Award, and was an official selection at the Toronto international film Festival in 2011.