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MONSIEUR LAZHAR

Bachir Lazhar

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Directed by Philippe Falardeau
Canada, 2011
Drama, Comedy
      French
      English

Synopsis

A Montreal middle school class is shaken by the death of their well-liked teacher. Bachir Lazhar, 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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Philippe Falardeau presents a moving, heartrending story in which all the characters share, in different ways, the loss of someone they love. Underlying this grief are sensations of impotence, of fear, of abandon. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Synopsis

A Montreal middle school class is shaken by the death of their well-liked teacher. Bachir Lazhar, 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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Monsieur LazharDirected byPhilippe Falardeau
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Awards & Festivals

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Academy Awards
2012 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Locarno International Film Festival
2011 | Winner: Audience Award (Piazza Grande)
Toronto International Film Festival
2011 | Winner: Best Canadian Feature Film

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