Written and directed by Philippe Falardeau, "Monsieur Lazhar," was the official entry from Canada for this year's Oscar for Foreign Film. Based on the stage play by Evelyne de la Cheneliere, it is the story of a class of sixth graders in a Canadian public school who are coming to terms with their own grief from the unexpected loss of a much loved teacher. Well written and played, this is an understated film with powerful performances especially from the young actors who portray the students as they emotionally juggle with adult themes. Rich with authenticity, it's an interesting observation of how ineffective talking at students is instead of talking with them. It's easy to see why this is one of the international indie favorites of 2012.
"let's talk film" is a series where contemporary women get a chance to have their voices heard on the latest film releases. this bi-weekly series features our host, stefanie alleyne and ever-changing panel of wonderful and diverse women reviewing and discussing various films at locations in and around new york city.