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9 November 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

A boundlessly energetic coming-of-age story set during the Age of Aquarius, Jean-Marc Vallee's "C.R.A.Z.Y". lives up to its name, carving out a psychedelic swirl of period pop culture that incorporates Patsy Cline, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Bruce Lee and Charles Aznavour on the same lively canvas.

Although Vallee's remarkably assured film, which clocks in at more than two hours, proves that it's possible to have too much of a good thing, Canada's official Oscar submission for best foreign-language feature still manages keep up the entertaining yet emotionally satisfying pace sufficiently to earn audience accolades.

Winner of the best Canadian feature award at the recent Toronto International Film Festival, "C.R.A.Z.Y". should have a crowd-pleasing future both on home turf and internationally.

Taking place in the noisy home of a middle-class Montreal family, the picture describes the sexually confused life and times of Zachary Beaulieu (Marc-Andre Grondin), the fourth of five sons born on Christmas Day 1960 to a Patsy Cline-loving, chain-smoking father (Michel Cote) and well-meaning mother (Danielle Proulx), who always seems to be pressing grilled cheese sandwiches with her trusty iron.

Caught between not wanting to disappoint his parents (his mother believes he has a gift to heal the sick), feuding with his drug-dealing older brother and ultimately being true to himself, Zac finds inspiration, first in Bowie's "Space Oddity" and then in the punk rock movement.

In addition to boasting a uniformly winning ensemble, an agreeably propulsive tempo and a killer soundtrack, the Montreal native's fourth film, written with Francois Boulay, is equally impressive in its scrupulous attention to period authenticity, which production designer Patrice Bricault-Vermette captures right down to the smallest crumb.

Even amid all that cigarette smoke, you'd swear you could smell the Cheez Whiz. »

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