Monsieur Lazhar 2011 ★★★★½

This little French Canadian film, while I had never heard of it before my closest art-house theater picked it up, is probably the best movie I've seen this year. While there are some typical elements of films that center around a teacher and his class, there is a lot more going on here. Centered around multiple tragedies, the film does not wallow in misery, but rather focuses on the healing process, with hope and dignity, all while also commentating on the state of the modern education system and the stifling limitations placed on teachers. I won't spoil anything, as I'm sure most people haven't seen or even heard of this little gem, but I highly recommend seeking this out.

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