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Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée

Produced: 2005

Countries & Regions: Canada

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Certificate: 15

Length: 123 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 4 October 2010

Cat No: SODA024

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Languages(s): French
Subtitles: English
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Screen ratio 1:1.85

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C.R.A.Z.Y (Crazy)

Cast: Michel Côté , Marc-André Grondin , Danielle Proulx , Emile Vallée , Pierre-Luc Brillant , Maxime Tremblay , Alex Gravel , Natasha Thompson , Johanne Lebrun , Mariloup Wolfe , Francis Ducharme

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Off-beat French Canadian coming of age drama. Zachary Beaulieu (Marc-André Grondin) recounts his life growing up in his eccentric family... Read More

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Off-beat French Canadian coming of age drama. Zachary Beaulieu (Marc-André Grondin) recounts his life growing up in his eccentric family during the 1960s and 70s, surrounded by the music of Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones, and the desperate journey he is forced to undergo to find his missing father.

Quebecois director Jean Marc-Vallée's C.R.A.Z.Y. (a title derived from the initials of five brothers) has a lot going for it, including one of the best rock soundtracks in recent memory. The film is about an ongoing struggle between Zac, the second youngest son in a family of five boys and his overbearing, homophobic dad (Michel Côté), a blue-collar worker who collects Patsy Cline recordings. The adult Zac narrates the film and we see the world through his eyes. Zac at six (Emile Vallée) is a quiet, sensitive boy who loves his parents but does not get along with his brothers who are always teasing him. Zac's mother (Danielle Proulx) believes he has special healing powers because he is always able to quiet an infant who has colic just by holding him. The other boys are more acceptable to their father simply because they are more manly and Zac prays every night that he doesn't turn out to be a "fairy" but with mixed results. When Zac reaches fifteen, Marc-André Grondin assumes the role and turns in a flawless performance, allowing the audience to feel his pain and torment. Awkward in social situations, he stays in his room listening to David Bowie and Pink Floyd. It is only when he travels to Jerusalem that he discovers his true self. Though it is about coming out, C.R.A.Z.Y. is more about being different in a conformist society and the struggle for self-awareness rather than just about being gay. As Vallée explains it, "the theme of the film is personal acceptance. It's about this struggle to express yourself and being honest in the moment". Canada's nominee for Best Foreign Film at the 2005 Oscars, C.R.A.Z.Y. just may become the first gay-themed film to attract a mainstream audience.

Quebecois director Jean Marc-Vallée's C.R.A.Z.Y. (a title derived from the initials of five brothers) has a lot going for it, including one of the best rock soundtracks in recent memory. The film is about an ongoing struggle between Zac, the second youngest son in a family of five boys and his overbearing, homophobic dad (Michel Côté), a blue-collar worker who collects Patsy Cline recordings. The adult Zac narrates the film and we see the world through his eyes. Zac at six (Emile Vallée) is a quiet, sensitive boy who loves his parents but does not get along with his brothers who are always teasing him. Zac's mother (Danielle Proulx) believes he has special healing powers because he is always able to quiet an infant who has colic just by holding him. The other boys are more acceptable to their father simply because they are more manly and Zac prays every night that he doesn't turn out to be a "fairy" but with mixed results. When Zac reaches fifteen, Marc-André Grondin assumes the role and turns in a flawless performance, allowing the audience to feel his pain and torment. Awkward in social situations, he stays in his room listening to David Bowie and Pink Floyd. It is only when he travels to Jerusalem that he discovers his true self. Though it is about coming out, C.R.A.Z.Y. is more about being different in a conformist society and the struggle for self-awareness rather than just about being gay. As Vallée explains it, "the theme of the film is personal acceptance. It's about this struggle to express yourself and being honest in the moment". Canada's nominee for Best Foreign Film at the 2005 Oscars, C.R.A.Z.Y. just may become the first gay-themed film to attract a mainstream audience.

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