Great 2011 Movies to Stream on Netflix Over the Holidays

Christmas has come and gone. So, now’s the time to plan some activities for those late nights at the family home, when the kids and elderly relatives have gone to bed and the last thing you want to do is spend quality time with awful Cousin Myrtle. Last week, we rounded up the best new fall TV shows to catch up on over the break. But if you’d rather settle down with a great movie and happen not to have dropped Netflix after their year of terrible decisions, then allow us to alert you to some of 2011’s best films that also happen to be available for streaming on the site. A gay British romance for the ages, a dreamy Thai meditation on death, and a hilarious mockumentary that finds Steve Coogan (sort of) playing himself are just a few of the noteworthy new movies from around the world that await you after the jump.

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

A mesmerizing, atmospheric, and occasionally incredibly strange film about a man on his deathbed who relives moments from his past lives and communes with some familiar spirits from his current one. Like Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s past work, Cannes Palme d’Or winner Uncle Boonmee is filled with magical and spiritual touches that defy description and must simply be experienced.