Exclusive: Watch a Clip from Monsieur Lazhar

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Exclusive: Watch a Clip from <i>Monsieur Lazhar</i>

One of our favorite films so far this year is Monsieur Lazhar; Jonah Flicker gave it a 9.0 and wrote: ”Monsieur Lazhar is a thoroughly engaging film that goes far beyond the average classroom drama in emotion and storytelling… The acting is stellar throughout the film, from the one-named Algerian actor Fellag’s subtle and warm portrayal of the title character, to the cast of precocious children who make up his classroom.” In the film, after learning of the death of an elementary school teacher, Bachir Lazhar (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 thrown into an establishment in crisis, while going through his own personal tragedy. We’re excited to provide this exclusive clip to Paste readers: