- List of Awards & Nominations
takes 13 prizes out of 13 nominations at Quebec's Jutra Awards
gets Golden Reel in Canada
leads pack with 12 Genie Award nominations
C.R.A.Z.Y. sweeps the board at the Genies
has been awarded with Best Director, Best Script and Best
Art Direction at the 43rd Gijon Film Festival. It has also
been awarded by the Young Jury Prize for Best Feature Film.
2005 - City Award for Best Canadian Film
Film Festival SIGNIS Award: "C.R.A.Z.Y."
Selection- Singapore International Film Festival 2006
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring: Michel Côté, Marc-André
Grondin, Danielle Proulx, Émile Vallée
RunTime: 2 hrs 7 mins
Released By: Cathay-Keris Films & Lighthouse
Rating: M18 (Mature Theme)
Day: 15 June 2006
a story of two love affairs. A father's love for his five
sons. And one son's love for his father, a love so strong
it compels him to live a lie. That son is Zac Beaulieu, born
on the 25th of December 1960, different from all his brothers,
but desperate to fit in. During the next 20 years, life takes
Zac on a surprising and unexpected journey that ultimately
leads him to accept his true nature and, even more importantly,
leads his father to love him for who he really is. A mystical
fable about a modern-day Christ-like figure, "C.R.A.Z.Y"
exudes the beauty, the poetry and the madness of the human
spirit in all its contradictions.
strength in this movie lies in its portrayal of family ties.
You'd come to identify certain personae and certain attributes
that you're familiar with, like the doting mother who's fairly
oblivious to her child's naughty deeds, and always that pillar
of strength, the stern but fair figure that the father imposes,
yet the chum to the kids, and the various stereotypical siblings
like the strong jock, the studious geek and the rebellious
although this tale is about the Beaulieu family, the spotlight
is heavily focused on the relationships between Zacharie and
father Gervais, as well as Zach and his junkie brother Raymond.
Spanning over 20 years from the 60s to the 80s, the movie
showcases the trials and tribulations this family undergoes
during the period, while keeping its attention fixed intensely
on the main leads, because the central Zach character, is
a peculiar one, one which has many facets that touches upon
the various relational dynamics within the family.
was born gifted, or so his mum would like to believe. Born
momentarily dead for 3 minutes on Christmas day and dropped
as a child, you'd expect him to be wounded, but exactly how?
We slowly discover that he's one sexually confused kid, and
having this moment of truth thrust upon his parents, changed
the dad-son relationship drastically. And it is indeed this
theme of probable homosexuality, that makes you wonder if
a parent can go from doting to unloving, and at the same time
grappling with the fact that the blood bonds which tie, still
remain. It is this dilemma and internal tussle, within Zach,
and within his parents, that make this movie so compelling
official Canadian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film
at the 2005 Academy Awards, this movie has loads of classical
pop tunes from the likes of The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd,
and the unmistakable Crazy song from Patsy Cline. There are
plenty of references to pop culture of those days, and the
wardrobe department must have had their hands full in evolving
the characters' looks and outfits to reflect the times they're
in. The sets were meticulously created, which easily transported
you back in time.
were also many interesting styles and shots peppered throughout
the movie which made it very visually appealing, and jokes
which helped lighten the mood of this serious-at-times film.
While there were many sub-themes like sibling rivalry and
parental love explored, they contributed to the run time and
the movie's length was somewhat felt, especially the final
act. However, its length allowed for strong character acting
to permeate from all the lead casts, so though there were
scenes which could be shortened to provide an even better
pacing to the narrative, the upside is that it made for a
deeper understanding of the characters. In particular regard
are the actors who played Zach through the various ages, especially
Marc-André Grondin with his androgynous mannerisms,
and Michel Côté as the head of the Beaulieu household.
we journey with Zach in his period of self-discovery, and
his quest for forgiveness and acceptance, we'll learn if indeed
blood will be thicker than water.
powerful family drama exploring a dominant unconventional
Review by Stefan Shih