11. Monsieur Lazhar
This brilliant movie was actually nominated for a foreign-language Oscar last year, but it wasn’t officially released in American theatres until this year. I’m not big on crying (whatever, I’m sure I cried about something ridic today), but OMG. THIS movie! Wept for pretty much the entire 90 minutes; it was glorious. Mohamed Fellag plays an Algerian substitute teacher who comes to work in a Canadian elementary school, recently rocked by a devastating tragedy. I was especially struck by the cinematography of the piece and the brilliant performances delivered by the children. The director, Philippe Falardeau has another amazing movie (came out in 2006)– very much about fathers and sons… very French, very awesome– Congorama.