Monsieur Lazhar – Canada – 2012 – Drama. Among the best of films about immigration, the education system, and children. In Montreal, an elementary school teacher dies abruptly. Having learned of the incident in the newspaper, Bachir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag), a 55-year-old Algerian immigrant, goes to the school to offer his services as a substitute teacher.… Continue reading March 22 – Monsieur Lazhar
Triumph of the Wall – Canada – 2013 – Documentary As fascinating as it is meditative as it is hilarious, Triumph of the Wall begins as a filmed chronicle about the construction of a 1000-foot dry-stone wall by a novice stonemason in rural Quebec. The stonemason, Chris Overing, is to complete the stone structure within… Continue reading May 24 – Triumph of the Wall
Joni Mitchell – Woman of Heart and Mind – USA – 2003 – Documentary. “One of the great talents of her or anyone else’s generation gets the royal treatment with this superb two-hour (with bonus material) documentary. It’s all here (via interviews, including conversations past and present with Mitchell herself, photos, generous helpings of concert… Continue reading Joni Mitchell – Woman of Heart and Mind
Hollywood Bollywood – 2002 – Musical Comedy – Director Deepa Mehta takes the Bollywood format to Toronto. Lots of fun with the Indian cultural cliche of the son who doesn’t want to marry within his race. Scene-stealers include a hindu matriarch who quotes Shakespeare and a cross-dressing chauffeur.