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C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 3 March 2006 (Italy)
A young French-Canadian, growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, struggles to reconcile his emerging homosexuality with his father's conservative values and his own Catholic beliefs.

Director:

Jean-Marc Vallée

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Côté ... Gervais Beaulieu
Marc-André Grondin ... Zachary Beaulieu 15 à 21 ans
Danielle Proulx ... Laurianne Beaulieu
Émile Vallée Émile Vallée ... Zachary Beaulieu 6 à 8 ans
Pierre-Luc Brillant ... Raymond Beaulieu 22 à 28 ans
Maxime Tremblay ... Christian Beaulieu 24 à 30 ans
Alex Gravel ... Antoine Beaulieu 21 à 27 ans
Natasha Thompson Natasha Thompson ... Michelle 15 à 22 ans
Johanne Lebrun Johanne Lebrun ... Doris
Mariloup Wolfe ... Brigitte 15 à 20 ans
Francis Ducharme Francis Ducharme ... Paul
Hélène Grégoire ... Madame Chose
Michel Laperrière ... Psychothérapeute
Jean-Louis Roux ... Prêtre
Mohamed Majd Mohamed Majd ... Bédouin
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Storyline

Born Christmas Day 1960, Zac Beaulieu is the fourth of five sons of Gervais and Laurianne Beaulieu. Zac feels somewhat disconnected to his brothers, all of whom are different from each other. They include the bookworm Christian who is the eldest, the dumb jock Antoine who is third, and the youngest Yvan. But Zac has the most contempt for his second eldest brother, the shiftless druggie Raymond. To his devout Catholic mother, Zac is her miracle son, both for being born the same day as Jesus Christ (a fact which Zac has always hated), and because a Tupperware-selling mystic once told her that he has the power to heal. Laurianne has always coddled Zac, the two who have a special if unspoken bond. But Zac wants more to please his father, who wants more than anything in his sons that they grow up to be man's men and not sissies. As Zac goes through his mid-teens to early twenties, Zac isn't sure if he can live up to the ideals of either his mother or especially his father. A young man with... Written by Huggo

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Growing up in this family, you'd have to be... C.R.A.Z.Y.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Canada

Language:

French | English | German | Spanish | Polish

Release Date:

3 March 2006 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

C.R.A.Z.Y. See more »

Filming Locations:

Essaouira, Morocco See more »

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Budget:

CAD 6,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Québec) |

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Black and White (flashback scenes)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was the official Canadian entry for the "Best Foreign Language Film" category at the 2005 Academy Awards, but it did not end up as one of the five foreign language films to be nominated. See more »

Goofs

When Raymond drops off Zac in his car (when he asks for a loan), you can see a modern blue car pass on the street behind them. See more »

Quotes

Gervais Beaulieu: [about gay people] You've got to be sick to keep your penis in someone else's ass!
Laurianne Beaulieu: [pause] Hmm... You have bad memory.
Gervais Beaulieu: [pause] Well... that was different...
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Crazy Credits

The end titles finish showing the first names of the five sons in capital letters in the order of birth: Christian . Raymond . Antoine . Zacharie . Yvan . Then all the letters dissolve, with the exception of each first letters, thus creating (and explaining) the title of the film: C.R.A.Z.Y. See more »

Connections

References Enter the Dragon (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Carol of the Bells / Les Carillons
Traditional
Music by Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych (uncredited) and lyrics by Peter Wilhousky
French version by Dominique Fortier
Performed by les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal
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Family relationships can be complicated by the emergence of a personal identity, territory and desire to belong. Can love really conquer all?
13 July 2005 | by quebecwazSee all my reviews

Phenomenal! Amazing movie, superbly acted. (Michel Cote is nothing less than perfect in the role of Gervais Beaulieu.) Nothing amiss. Great music, drama, emotions.

I was in Montreal briefly in July and saw the movie twice. Came out as awed by it the second time as I did the first around. Although it could have been filmed in the States (the story is not particular to Quebec), it belongs to Quebec and to the people who lived similar experiences growing up in the 70s. My only hope is that it will get the recognition it deserves on the international scene.

I heard American producers are thinking of buying the rights to film it in the States... I say they should put subtitles and let it ride the wave to success.


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