C.R.A.Z.Y. 2005

C.R.A.Z.Y.

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Balancing heart and humor against outstanding work from a talented cast, C.R.A.Z.Y. proves the coming-of-age formula can still produce powerful results.

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Teenager Zachary Beaulieu is confused about his sexuality and is in conflict with his Canadian-Catholic upbringing which alienates his father Gervais and confuses his mother Laurianne. Forcing himself to like girls, Zachary also has to cope with his older brothers, who don't make his life any easier but when he finally accepts his true feelings, will his family still accept him?

Cast & Crew

Michel Côté
Gervais Beaulieu
Marc-André Grondin
Zachary Beaulieu 15 à 21 ans
Danielle Proulx
Laurianne Beaulieu
Pierre-Luc Brillant
Raymond Beaulieu 22 à 28 ans
Émile Vallée
Zachary Beaulieu 6 à 8 ans
Mariloup Wolfe
Brigitte 15 à 20 ans
Jean-Marc Vallée
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Jean-Marc Vallée
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Critic Reviews for C.R.A.Z.Y.

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (30)

  • There's a warmth and detail to the way father, mother and son are depicted and explored.

    September 17, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The French Canadian import is also wildly entertaining in its views of Catholicism, music and especially family.

    November 10, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • An exuberant, disarming entertainment, C.R.A.Z.Y. makes a familiar story seem new all over again through its sheer showmanship, sharp humor and a wise, profound understanding of the highs and lows of family ties.

    March 10, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • A boundlessly energetic coming-of-age story set during the Age of Aquarius/

    November 11, 2005
  • The subject matter may be deep and the family conflicts serious, but Valle leavens his story with gentle satire and outright humour.

    October 14, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A full-to-bursting picture that shouts and whispers and darts and meanders and fascinates and frustrates and teems at the seams with raw vitality.

    October 14, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for C.R.A.Z.Y.

  • Apr 06, 2015
    An epic drama of the story of a young man questioning his sexuality, growing up through the sixities and seventies in Quebec, born into a strictly catholic family of five brothers, each crazier than the last. C.R.A.Z.Y is a really affective film as it was one of the only films I've ever seen to make me really think about my own crazy existence and what life really means. Life is too love and to celebrate our indifferences. The outfits and nostalgic soundtrack are all exceedingly impressive, as are the performances and sequences set to music. Sometimes C.R.A.Z.Y is tounge-in-cheek, sometimes its heartbreaking and sometimes its surrealistic, however what can't be denied is this relatively unknown and genreless epic is quite fantastic.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2013
    I wasn't expecting this level of ambition. Not only do we see Zachary's story of self-discovery unfold from his birth to his mid 20s, we also see the evolution of his family and the surrounding culture from the 50s through the 70s. Unexpectedly, the movie so accurately captures the horror and humiliation a child often goes through while suffering from nocturnal enuresis, or "bedwetting," when we see Zach get outed by kids at summer camp. By avoiding sleepovers, I managed to successfully keep my bedwetting known only to my immediate family, but that is where I was also shamed by my step-mother and step-brothers who lectured and teased me about being either too lazy or too chicken to go upstairs to the bathroom. My father, more nurturing in his approach but still lacking understanding, also believed it was voluntary. When I was five, a couple of years before my step-family came into the picture, he started paying me $5 for every night that I didn't wet the bed, inadvertently seeding my humiliation and confusion over whether I could fix myself if I really wanted to and why it it was that I subconsciously chose not to. Unlike 0.5-1% of adults out there and all people in the LGBT community, my developmental abnormality abruptly came to an end at age 13, confirming that assigning neurosis to my condition was absurd. Fortunately, kids are now blessed with the internet to educate themselves and even their families. The message both me and Zachary learned is the same: do not trust people with your differences, exposing yourself will only result in further isolation and loneliness. This lesson is more acutely relevant for Zach, because he was also born with a more polarizing and permanent sexual difference that his father and society also believes are chosen behaviors, and he doesn't want to be outed again. My biggest criticism with the film is that it seems confused and possibly ignorant about the main character's identity. When Zach is a young boy, he shows strong signs of "gender identity disorder," where he only wants a baby stroller for Christmas and he dresses up in his mother's clothes, puts on makeup, and acts like a mother to his infant brother. In the next timeline transition, immediately after his summer camp bedwetting trauma, this desire and behavior disappears entirely and never returns in the film, including when we see him alone. Instead, he becomes hardened and aggressive with a strong counterculture fashion sense and discovering an attraction to men. It's as if another writer took over and switched out Zach's brain, or at least the transgendered part.
    Matthew S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2013
    This is a pretty damn good coming of age flick. I think it deals with a very timely subject in a believable and intelligent manner. The film deals with Zac as he slowly, throughout the years, comes to terms with his own sexuality while trying to put on a facade for his family, though mostly for his father. Even though the film could've very easily demonized Zac's parents, though again, mostly his father, for their ignorance, but the film didn't and I think it made for a better film all around. Because you do get to see his parents and see that they're really not bad people at all, they're just guided by old ways and ignorance but not hatred. The film does have its pacing issues and the stuff in Jerusalem felt forced and out of place. Even though you can tie it back to an event earlier in the film, it still doesn't feel like it belongs in the movie. The acting is strong all around, though there's something smug about Marc-Andre Grondin but he does a good job at guiding the character through the ups and downs and making the character, at least, feel real. The rest of the cast is great and they do very much feel like a very dysfunctional family, but one that still loves each other in their own way. It's also funny and it has a pretty damn great soundtrack. So overall, my complaints are pretty minor, I'd still recommend this film.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Aug 20, 2012
    "C.R.A.Z.Y." is one of the best movies from Canada and with a gay coming-of-age story that I have seen. Focusing on the Z in "C.R.A.Z.Y." in the span of 20 years from 1960 on, Zachary grows up with four other brothers, Christian, Raymond, Antoine, and Yvan, in a conservative family in rural Quebec. Zach is different from the rest - he knows it since young, so do his parents. On top of this, he shares the same birthday as Baby Jesus and was once told he has the power to heal, and is thus seen by his devout Catholic mother as a miracle son. From this sprouts the pains of his growing up through puberty, as he discovers his nature, deals with the intentions of his father while garnering the love of his mother, and fights the pressures from his brothers and family friends. With its quirky introductions of Zach and his family in a voiceover narration, the beginning was very reminiscent to "Amelie". This light-heartedness evolves into something darker and more somber via its narrative and acting, but it is through this evolution that "C.R.A.Z.Y." finds its distinct voice and strengths.
    Chihoe H Super Reviewer

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