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‘Monsieur Lazhar’ is a sweet, mature story about coming together in the wake of tragedy


Based on a play by Évelyne de la Chenelière, Falardeau’s film is sophisticated in its approach for dealing with a multitude of terrifyingly sensitive subjects, among them children dealing with death, immigration procedures and the unification of disparate cultures for harmonious purposes. Refusing to paint with broad strokes, it broaches these topics with a touch of class and intelligence, revealing a sense of maturity that should be a prerequisite for any movie tackling these ideas.

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2012’s Great Movie Moments: April


At the end of each month, the Sound On Sight staff will band together to write an article about their favourite scenes in films released. Here are our favourite scenes from the month of April. Warning: Of course, spoilers are in full effect here! Rebelle – Friendly ghost warning There ...

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2012: The Best Movies of April


Every thirty days, I like to post a list of my favorite films I’ve recently watched. Here are the best films I’ve seen throughout the month of September. This list is based on movies theatrically released here in Canada, and I do not include what I have seen at film ...

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2012 Oscars Foreign Language Nominees, ‘A Separation’ and ‘Monsieur Lazhar’

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The Academy Awards are just two weekends away, and we’ve been itching to talk about a pair of films that wound up getting nods in the Foreign Film category, so we’ve brought in a pair of guests to help us out. Zero Pretention co-host and real-life teacher is on hand ...

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The Nominations Are In: Here Are The Biggest Snubs and Ricky D’s Oscar Predictions

Its that time of the year again in when everyone prepares their Oscar predictions, because let’s be honest for a moment – the best part of the Oscars is placing your bets on who’ll win and hopefully walking away from a long and usually boring ceremony with some extra cash ...

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The Best Quebec Films From 2011

The “foreign” film, product of another world where people converse in odd dialects and act in peculiar ways. We need to be honest that the vast majority of films that most people consume every year are either American mainstream blockbusters or studio distributed independent (Sundance) films. There are of course, ...

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‘Monsieur Lazhar’ – A trenchant portrait of loss and light seen through the globalized lens of school culture

Monsieur Lazhar Directed by Philippe Falardeau Written by Philippe Falardeau Canada, 2011 Monsieur Lazhar arrives at TIFF within the Special Presentations programme from festival darling Phillippe Falardreau (La Moitié gauche du frigo, Congorama, C’est pas moi, je le jure!) in astutedly breathtaking and heartfelt fashion. Blending the sometimes complex relationships ...

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Festival Du Nouveau Cinéma: Ten Movies We Highly Recommend Checking Out

Montreal’s Festival Du Nouveau Cinéma kicks off next week and as always, the festival brings a stellar lineup. We here at Sound On Sight are lucky enough to cover many of the other film festivals around the world which means many of us have already seen some of the great ...

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‘Monsieur Lazhar’ Is Canada’s Oscar pick

Philippe Falardeau’s Monsieur Lazhar was officially named Canada’s submission the foreign-film Oscar competition, selected from a field of 34 eligible entries. A total of sixty-five countries will submit their national selections, from which a shortlist of five nominees will be chosen for balloting. Nominations for the 84th Academy Awards will ...

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TIFF 2011 – Twelve Days In: Ricky D’s final blog entry plus twenty two more reviews to digest

The Toronto International Film Festival ended yesterday and I have to say, it is the most exhausting film festival I have ever attended. Even compared to Fantasia, which runs nearly four weeks long, TIFF manages to suck all my energy. Perhaps the main reason why I find it so tiring ...

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