I've been quite confident in my claim that two of 2011's best films were Canadian: Jean-Marc Vallée's Café de Flore and Phillippe Falardeau's Monsieur Lazhar. And of the two my allegiance went to Monsieur Lazhar mainly because of the film's ability to engage in a story of deep rooted and a multi-layered trauma and still leave the audience feeling like they've witnessed a miracle.
Recently SNAM met up with Monsieur Lazhar director, Phillippe Falardeau at downtown Toronto's Four Seasons Hotel. We talk to Falardeau about winning the TFCA Rogers Award for Best Canadian Film (the Academy Nomination was not yet announced), making Monsieur Lazhar, being a director in Canada and lifting trauma out of obscurity and into the light.
This is the first SNAM interview to be exclusively on-line .