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

Jean-Marc Vallée, 2005

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Film Details

Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée

Produced in 2005

Main Language - FRENCH with English subtitles

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Cast

Danielle Proulx, Marc-André Grondin, Michel Côté

Genres

Contemporary ComedyContemporary DramaWorld CinemaComedy DramaContemporary Gay and Lesbian FilmGay and Lesbian World Cinema

MovieMail's Review

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.

Alex Davidson on 11th August 2006
Author of 237 reviews

Film Description

A winner of 10 Genies (Canadian Oscars), including Best Picture, this mystical and whimsical fable stars Marc-André Grondin as Zachary, a rebellious teenager in the 1960s who relates his life and times, including a mystical voyage to Jerusalem.

DVD Details

Certificate: 15

Publisher: Soda Pictures

Length: 123 mins

Aspect ratio: 1.85 Wide Screen

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 2

Released: 4th October 2010

Cat No: SODA024

Subtitles: English

DVD Extras

  • Script Factory Masterclass with Director
  • Q & A with Director and Key Cast.

Community Reviews

by Anon on 13th July 2006

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 soundtra... Read on

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