9. Monsieur Lazhar (A)
Continuing my theme of both revisiting 2011 and that year's foreign language films, this was Canada's submission, which got nominated, and inevitably lost to the juggernaut that was A Separation
. This is a nicely understated drama about an elementary school class whose teacher hangs herself, and the somewhat secretive Algerian immigrant who shows up to take her place. Mohamed Fellag, as the title character, is charming (in a role that never becomes melodramatic or maudlin). I was most impressed by the child actors, who are really good calibre, particularly Sophie Nelisse, playing one of the two children who saw the old teacher's body.
Home Video: 5 (+1)