A Canadian drama film directed by award-winning filmmaker Philippe Falardeau (La Moitié gauche du frigo, Congorama) from a screenplay that was developed from a one-character play by Évelyne de la Chenelière.
Nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards, the film tells the poignant story of a Montreal middle school class shaken by the death of their well-liked teacher and trying to heal. Bachir Lazhar (Fellag), a 55-year-old Algerian immigrant, offers the school his services as a substitute teacher and is quickly hired. As he helps the children heal, he also learns to accept his own painful past.
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