Screened as part of NZIFF 2006

C.R.A.Z.Y. 2005

Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée

Larger than life and ten times as funny, this richly nostalgic story of a Montreal family spans the 60s to the 80s. "A zippy, colourful coming-of-age tale… buoyed along by engaging central turns, iconic pop tunes and a pleasingly meandering narrative." — Time Out

Canada In French with English subtitles
130 minutes 35mm


Jean-Marc Vallée
François Boulay


Pierre Mignot


Paul Jutras


Patsy Cline
Charles Aznavour
Pink Floyd
David Bowie
The Rolling Stones
Jefferson Airplane
Elvis Presley
Roy Buchanan


Michel Côté
Marc-André Grondin
Danielle Proulx
Émile Vallée
Pierre-Luc Brillant
Maxime Tremblay
Alex Gravel
Felix Antoine Despatie


Venice, Toronto, Vancouver 2005


Ever so slightly larger than life and ten times as funny, this richly nostalgic, ebulliently unsentimental story of a middle-class Montreal family spans the 60s to the 80s. Zachary (Marc-André Grondin, Québec’s gift to heart-throbdom, plays him from teen to adult), born in 1960, is the fourth and cutest of five very different sons. He’s his macho father’s favourite, while his mother is convinced he’s a holy child, possessing special healing powers. Filling their prescriptions is not easy for a boy who suspects from an early age that he’s less interested in girls than he is in their boyfriends – or who envisages a church levitating to the strains of The Stones’ ‘Sympathy for the Devil’. C.R.A.Z.Y. admits us into his hilarious fantasy world, sets his confusion to a Bowie soundtrack and shamelessly exploits his tumultuous 70s identity crisis for our entertainment pleasure. We watch his brothers growing up too – and every character has a wonderful, boldly drawn particularity, none more so than Zac’s volubly homophobic Dad, who comes close to stealing the film. How liberal is that?

“An ensemble of deft performances and a kick-ass soundtrack (including Charles Aznavour, Patsy Cline, Pink Floyd and David Bowie) bring vivid life to co-writer-director Jean-Marc Vallée’s coming-of-age/coming-out tale. Born in Québec on Christmas Day 1960, Zachary begins a search for self that carries him from the narrow confines of his working-class French-Canadian family to Israel’s gay night-club scene and back again. Vallée stirs a few daydreams and visions into the ordinary joys and heartaches that drive the film, edging his sharp eye for period detail with a touch of the fantastic.” — Paul Malcolm, LA Weekly