Star rating - 8/10
Fellag plays an Algerian immigrant who steps in to teach a class of French Canadian 11 and 12 year olds after their beloved teacher has hung herself in their Montreal school classroom. His more orthodox, rigid methods are not what the children are used to. But both he and they grow in their respect for each other, as he helps them to come to terms with their terrible experience.
But Monsieur Lazhar has a dark past of his own, which inevitably rears its head. This is a beautiful, subtle and moving film which features some great performances from the class of young actors, and a terrific portrayal of their substitute new teacher.