Director: Philippe Falardeau
Running Time: 1 hr. 34 min.
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Theater Release: Apr 13, 2012
DVD Release: Aug 28, 2012
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. Quickly hired to replace the deceased, he finds himself in an establishment in crisis, while going through his own personal tragedy. The cultural gap between Bachir and his class is made immediately apparent when he gives them a dictation exercise that is beyond