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C.R.A.Z.Y.

Rated Adult Accompaniment

127 minutes

Dir: Jean-Marc Vallée, Canada, 2005
Michel Côté, Danielle Proulx, Marc-André Grondin

In French with English subtitles

Free Screening as part of National Canadian Film Day

Winner: Best Canadian Feature, Toronto International Film Festival; People's Choice Award, American Film Institute Festival; People's Choice Winner, Atlantic Film Festival

"A boundlessly energetic coming-of-age story set during the Age of Aquarius, Jean-Marc Vallée C.R.A.Z.Y. lives up to its name, carving out a psychedelic swirl of period pop culture that incorporates Patsy Cline, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Bruce Lee and Charles Aznavour on the same lively canvas... Canada's official Oscar submission for best foreign-language feature manages keep up the entertaining yet emotionally satisfying pace sufficiently to earn audience accolades... Taking place in the noisy home of a middle-class Montreal family, the picture describes the sexually confused life and times of Zachary Beaulieu, the fourth of five sons born on Christmas Day 1960 to a Patsy Cline-loving, chain-smoking father and well-meaning mother, who always seems to be pressing grilled cheese sandwiches with her trusty iron. Caught between not wanting to disappoint his parents (his mother believes he has a gift to heal the sick), feuding with his drug-dealing older brother and ultimately being true to himself, Zac finds inspiration, first in Bowie's Space Oddity and then in the punk rock movement. In addition to boasting a uniformly winning ensemble, an agreeably propulsive tempo and a killer soundtrack, the Montreal native's fourth film, written with Francois Boulay, is equally impressive in its scrupulous attention to period authenticity, which production designer Patrice Bricault-Vermette captures right down to the smallest crumb. Even amid all that cigarette smoke, you'd swear you could smell the Cheez Whiz." - Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter. "An achingly emotional and funny portrait." - The Toronto Sun. "Expect to hear plenty about this exhilarating Quebec drama, which is already being touted as the province's most promising cinematic export since The Barbarian Invasions. Actually, it's better...C.R.A.Z.Y. is so sure-footed it barely touches ground." - Eye Magazine