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Basics Critics:76Viewers:73Rusty:79
Category: Comedy, DramaSub-Category: drama film, comedy filmMain subject: suicideNarrative location: MontrealRuntime: 94 minutesLanguage: FrenchCountry: CanadaDirector: Philippe FalardeauScreenwriter: Philippe Falardeau, Évelyne de la ChenelièreStars: Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Émilien Néron, Danielle Proulx, Brigitte Poupart, Évelyne de la Chenelière, André Robitaille, Daniel Gadouas Producer: Luc DéryAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Foreign Language FilmAward details: (details at IMDb)

During a harsh Montréal winter, an elementary-school class is left reeling after its teacher commits suicide. Bachir Lazhar, a charismatic Algerian immigrant, steps in as the substitute teacher for the classroom of traumatized children. All the while, he must keep his personal life tucked away: the fact that he is seeking political refuge in Québec – and that he, like the children, has suffered an appalling loss.

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