Mohamed Fellag as Bachir Lazhar and Sophie Nélisse as Alice play teacher and pupil in French-Canadian film Monsieur Lazhar.

Mohamed Fellag as Bachir Lazhar and Sophie Nélisse as Alice play teacher and pupil in French-Canadian film Monsieur Lazhar.

Film reminds to teach your children well

The Vernon Film Society presents Monsieur Lazhar, Canada’s Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film, at the Towne Theatre on Monday.

The Vernon Film Society is fortunate to be able to bring Monsieur Lazhar, Canada’s Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film, to the Towne Theatre on Monday.

The film is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Phillippe Falardeau and produced by the same group as last year’s Academy Award nominated Incendies.

Monsieur Lazhar won the Best Canadian Feature Film award at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.

Following the tragic and shocking death of a Montreal schoolteacher, Bachir Lazhar, a middle-aged Algerian immigrant seeking political refuge in Quebec, swiftly pursues the opportunity to fill the sudden vacancy and come to the aid of the over-worked principal and students affected by the tragedy.

To the children in shock, Lazhar’s traditional teaching methods may well provide the structure they need. As more information about Lazhar’s own history is revealed, his struggles and experiences make him all the better suited to guide the children into adulthood.

Monsieur Lazhar is further proof of Falardeau’s talent for drawing out depth and precision from child actors. The fine performances reflect the authenticity of the characters, and the story illustrates how adult hypocrisy and little white lies about death can turn a child’s world upside down when fate strikes.

Monsieur Lazhar is a complex character study of loss and innocence; it’s a tale about the lessons we learn from each other, regardless of age.

Monsieur Lazhar has much to learn from his pupils and so do we.

Monsieur Lazhar will be shown at the Towne Theatre Monday at 5:15 and 7:45 p.m. Tickets are available at the door and one week ahead at the theatre and the Bean Scene for $7.

The film is in French with English subtitles.