Toronto Movie Scribes Name 'Monsieur Lazhar' Top Canadian Film For 2011

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NIne-year-old Emilien Neron turns in a powerful performance.

The latest pic from Quebec director Philippe Falardeau is also Canada's contender for best foreign language movie at the Academy Awards.

TORONTO - Toronto film critics on Tuesday night named Philippe Falardeau’s Monsieur Lazhar as their best Canadian film of 2011.

The Quebec film, which is Canada’s contender for the best foreign language film at the Academy Awards, beat out another French-language film, Jean Marc Vallee’s Cafe de flore, and David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, for top honors at the Toronto Film Critics Association kudosfest in Toronto.

Monsieur Lazhar, which portrays an immigrant teacher replacing an elementary school colleague who died tragically, also earned the best Canadian feature film prize at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Toronto movie scribes earlier named Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life as their best film of 2011, while also giving the veteran filmmaker the best director trophy for his epic about boyhood and the end of innocence in 1950s Texas.