When a teacher commits suicide at a Montréal middle school, 55 year-old Algerian immigrant Bachir Lazhar (Fellag) offers his services as a stand-in. Despite his inexperience, he's soon helping his new charges deal with the loss and coming to terms with some suffering of his own.
An Oscar nominee at this year's Academy Awards and for good reason, Falardeau's film is moving, smart and sensitive. Terrific stuff, in short.
Reviewed by Patrick Peters
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