C.R.A.Z.Y.

C.R.A.Z.Y.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée Cast: Michel Cote, Marc-André Grondin, Danielle Proulx
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C.R.A.Z.Y. 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
C.R.A.Z.Y. is a miraculous little film from Quebec written with pitch perfect dialogue by Jean-Marc Vallée and François Boulay, on whose memories of his own experiences the story is based, directed with tremendous zest and sensitivity by Jean-Marc Vallée, and with a cast of fine actors that would be impossible to duplicate. Yes, it really is that fine. The title of the film may put some people off as silly, so let it be said early on that the letters C.R.A.Z.Y. represent the first names of the sons of the Beaulieu family - and the fun, hilarious and touching story starts from there! Christmas Day is the birth of Zachary Beaulieu (impressive Marc-André Grondin as a young man and Émile Vallée as a youth), the fourth son of Gervais Beaulieu (a brilliant Michel Côté) and his seemingly perpetually pregnant wife Laurianne Beaulieu (Danielle Proulx, a superb actress), and at his birth he is immediately dropped on the floor, 'dies' for a few seconds, and is resuscitated, a fact which later leads his mother to consult her Tupperware friend/seer about Zachary's power from God to heal other people. The children include Raymond who is a boisterous youth and later a worthless drifter/panhandler (played by Pierre-Luc Brillant as a young man but also played as a youth by Emmanuel Raymond and Antoine Côté-Potvin) Christian (Maxime Tremblay as a young man and Jean-Alexandre Létourneau as a youth Antoine (Alex Gravel as a young man and Sébastien Blouin as a youth and Yvan (Félix-Antoine Despatie and Gabriel Lalancette). Each brother has a particular personality, whether a bookworm, an athlete, a ne're-do-well or a dreamer and we watch the family adapt to each of the brothers' idiosyncrasies. But it is Zachary who is the focal point as he struggles with his sexual identity from childhood on through his teenage denial years while dating a girl, to his final longing for the unreachable relationship with a man as an adult. His 'powers' of healing he uses to great advantage for his family and he gradually becomes disenchanted with the omnipresent Catholic Church, a force that plays heavily in his fantasy life and dreams and fears. As the years pass from 1960 to 1971 we are allow to watch a family connect, fragment and ultimately survive, always bound to traditions of holiday and love. Gervais claims all of the good points of his boys as patterned after him, yet as he faces Zachary's possibly being gay he balks and it is only after a mesmerizing life changing experience Zachary undergoes that Zachary and Gervais finally find the mutual love they have both needed. Though the film is long (running time is over two hours) the film seems to fly past us like a comet of experience to which we all can relate. The performances are so very powerful that they sweep us away with the amount of love they exhibit: Danielle Proulx as the mother is so subtle in the little things she does for her beloved though at times wayward sons that she glows and Michel Côté steals the screen as a father searching for understanding of his crew of crazy boys. But the revelation is Marc-André Grondin's embodiment of Zachary that is nothing short of a miracle of acting. There is not a weak moment in this little masterpiece of filmmaking and one hopes that it will be released and widely publicized in the theaters in the USA as it deserves standing ovations! Highly recommended. Grady Harp
Guest More than 1 year ago
Came across this movie the other day and thought it was great. I clearly understand why it got the recognition and the awards that it did. Clocking in a little over two hours C.R.A.Z.Y. is a little over long but embedded in that lengthy run time is a near flawless film. And, really, considering how finely wrought and beautifully performed all of Vallee's characters are I don't think I could have brought myself to cut a single frame out either, had I been in his shoes. In here we have Zac, who is a sensitive young boy growing up in a large Catholic Quebecois family in the late Sixties. He is "different," something his mother explains, with the guidance of the mystic "tupperware lady," as a gift for healing peoples' burns by thinking about them. But Zac is uncomfortable with the fact that he doesn't like normal boys stuff, and feels constantly put upon by his three elder brothers. At Christmas, which happens also to be his birthday, he wants a baby carriage, but his dad insists on buying an ice hockey game. His mother objects, but dad gets his way. More than anything else Zac wants to be accepted by his devoted, but gruff dad. At night, Zac prays to God that he doesn't turn into a "fairy", but the feelings don't go away. Spanning a period of 21 years from 1960 to 1981, it captures the flavor of the era through such defining touchstones as drug use and the music of David Bowie, Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones. Rather than following a set formula, the script frequently veers off into unexpected paths and by-ways, making it appear less theatrical in nature and more like real life. CRAZY is more then what it seems. The story is as much about looking for paternal acceptance, as the sexual confusion of a boy turning into a man, which probably is why it has been so widely appealling. Director Jean-Marc Vallee, who casts his own son as the 6-8 year old boy Zac (Emile Vallee), and Marc-Andre Grondin as the 15 to 21 year old Zac, is careful not to screen anything that would turn off mainstream audiences. At the same, this is a film of emotional depth, humor and intelligent exploration of its subject. C.R.A.Z.Y. deserved my laughter and my tears... as well as the crazy amount of awards that it has received. Recommended to those who are interested in a well-conceived family melodrama.
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