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
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 »
I had the opportunity to watch this film at the Miami International Film Festival, and I am VERY glad I took up on it! This is what storytelling is all about. Jean-Marc Vallée takes this beautiful story, which is a mix of fiction and reality, and beautifully executes it on film. It's a story that feels realistic, and I was very pleased to see that it's not regionalistic to the point of not being able to be comprehended by others. I thought the acting was amazing and certainly the strong performances bring such a life and realism to the characters that it helps to truly elevate the story, which is really the key to this film. I think especially brilliant were Michel Côté, Marc-André Grondin, Emile Vallée, Danielle Proulx, and Pierre-Luc Brilliant (not to leave anyone out as everyone really shines in their roles, it's just that these to me were the strongest performances of the lot). The choices of music were excellently made and the melding of effects in this film is well done to assist the telling of the story. If you like story-centric films, this is one of the strongest I've ever seen. It has a little of everything: humour, realism, sadness, etc. It's a movie about real life, and while it does have it's surreal moments, it stays true to being about real life.
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