Tuesday, September 12, 2006

C.R.A.Z.Y. For You

Late last week Morgan and I went to see the fantastic Canadian film C.R.A.Z.Y. It's quite a unique film, but in some ways it reminded me a little bit of Breakfast On Pluto. Similar in it's themes of societal outsiders and sexuality, and also in the importance of the music in the storyline. Especially the music and gender-bending style of the 1970's to Zac, and of crooner Patsy Cline to his father.

The two actors that play the main character of Zac both turn in fantastic performances. Émile Vallée plays Zac between the ages of 6 and 8, and Marc-André Grondin plays Zac from ages 15 to 21. Grondin's portrayal of Zac walks that fine line between being endearing and portraying Zac as a bit of a shit at times, but ultimately he kept me on his side with his nuanced performance of the struggle Zac has with his sexuality, growing up in a very macho French Canadian family.

It's quite a long film at 2 hours and 7 minutes, and one sub-plot I found a bit long and unnecessary, but I was really entranced by the film and enjoyed it immensely. Two big thumbs up from me.


Q - 60's girl said...

i saw the title for a movie at the cinemas when i took the kids on Sunday. i cant remember it but i thought of you - its a sub-titled Bollywood, i would like to go.

Jay said...

Aww, I'm sure your thumbs ain't that big -- but any recommendation from you shouldn't be ignored.