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OSCARS DEATH RACE: MONSIEUR LAZHAR

A teacher dies tragically, leaving her eleven- and twelve-year-old students variously bereft, disoriented, and determined not to react. Days later, Bachir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag) -- an émigré from Algeria with years of teaching experience who's trying to put a calamity of his own behind him -- presents himself as a replacement. His classroom style is different from what the kids have gotten used to; he prefers orderly rows of desks to the "team-building" semi-circle, and the school's administrator (Danielle Proulx) has to tell him that he can't just casually whap a misbehaving boy upside the head.
  • By Sarah D. Bunting
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  • February 22, 2012 7:46 PM
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