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Philippe Falardeau, Monsieur Lazhar

Oscar nominated for his acclaimed French Canadian tearjerker Monsieur Lazhar as one of five best foreign language films of 2011, writer-director Philippe Falardeau discusses how he expanded a one-man stage work, found his immigrant teacher Lazhar in Paris and cast his superbly nuanced child actors only after meeting their parents. Monsieur Lazahar, he explains, tells of the dual healing process between a school class traumatized by their teacher’s suicide – in the classroom! – and Lazhar’s recovery following the death of his family in Algeria.


Beyond the Subtitles


Stephen Schaefer hosts candid conversations with actors, filmmakers, producers and movie people near and far. Schaefer has over three decades of writing and talking about movies behind him. He is the author of the Hollywood spoof The Autobiography of Marla Del Marr as told to Stephen Schaefer  and is currently a film critic and entertainment writer for The Boston Herald; and a contributor to USA Today and Entertainment Weekly.