At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed.
Bachir Lazhar, an Algerian immigrant, is hired to replace an elementary school teacher who died tragically. While the class goes through a long healing process, nobody in the school is aware of Bachir's painful former life; nor that he is at risk of being deported at any moment. Adapted from Evelyne de la Cheneliere's play, Bachir Lazhar depicts the encounter between two distant worlds and the power of self-expression.
Using great sensitivity and humour, Philippe Falardeau follows a humble man who is ready to transcend his own loss in order to accompany children beyond the silence and taboo of death. It has no simple questions or simple answers. Its purpose is to present us with a situation, explore the people involved and show us a man who is dealing with his own deep hurts. One of this year's Academy Award nominees in the foreign-language film category. (subtitles)
Canada · 2011 · Philippe Falardeau · 94min