Film & DVD Review: C.R.A.Z.Y.

Reviewed by Pat Harrington

(15, 127min)

This is a great film. Let me tell you why.

It’s a film about love and the relationships between human beings told to convey how contradictory, fascinating and beautiful the human spirit is. Zac Beaulieu is born on the 25th of December 1960. One of five sons, Zac is different from his brothers although he tries to fit in. Much of the film is about the relationship between Zac and his Father.

The film has surreal elements which reminded me somewhat of Billy Liar. Zac fantasises, particularly when he is bored in Church. He resents the fact that he has to go there on his Birthday!

There is a huge amount going on in this film. Zac’s religious upbringing conflicts with his confused and developing sexuality. Will his Father accept him or reject him? But don’t think this is heavy – it is done with humour although the ‘message’ is a serious one.

The relationship between the brothers, between Zac and his girlfriend and between his Mother and Father draw you into caring about them all. It is immensely watchable.

Music is very important to the film. It assists the telling of the story. The music rights cost CND$600 000. Director and producer Jean-Marc Vallée had to cut his own salary to afford it. Zac listens to music representative of the period he grows up in – Pink Floyd, Bowie etc. His Father has more conservative tastes – he loves Patsy Cline and sings Hier encore j’avais 20 ans every Christmas!

This film deserves to be widely seen and I hope that the fact that it is French language doesn’t put too many off. It is worth the effort.

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