Moira and I went to the Watershed for the first times in ages to see Philippe Falardeau’s film “Monsieur Lazhar”. Algerian immigrant substitute teacher Bachir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag) - who isn’t quite who he claims to be - steps in to help a class of 11/12 year olds in a Montreal junior school following the suicide of their previous teacher. Fellag is simply wonderful in the main role (despite reminding me of David Suchet’s Monsieur Poirot character in his, Poirot’s, gentler moments!), but the children are also quite brilliant too. Charming, sensitive and moving.I loved it.
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