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C.R.A.Z.Y.
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03.22.2007 By: Sturdy
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Director:
Jean-Marc Vallee

Actors:
Michel Cote
Marc-Andre Grondin
Danielle Proulx

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A young French boy struggles with his life while trying to earn the love and respect of his father. Religion, society, and his family propose challenges for him as he learns to accept his sensitive feelings.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I really hadnít heard much about CRAZY before viewing the DVD and afterwards, Iím surprised it was not more of an international success than what it was. It wasnít a fantastic film, but it dealt with its subject matter in a very respectful and entertaining way that appealed to people of all sexual preferences. Unfortunately, Iím afraid that many people will pass this off as a ďgayĒ movie and it wonít be viewed by anyone outside of the gay community.

I was also impressed by the level of talent from everyone involved. Marc-Andre Grondin did a great job as Zac, and he carried the film through the duration of its runtime. Jean-Marc Vallee also did a good job with the directing and focused more on telling a story rather than getting obsessed with the subject matter.

Unfortunately, the film suffered by the lack of development amongst Zac and his family and friends. There were several people that had a big impact on his life, but we didnít have adequate time to cover everyone. I got bored with his relationship with his dad and I feel that the father-gay son schtick has been beaten to death. I found his relationship with his brothers and pseudo-girlfriend much more interesting. Each of his brothers represented an area of society that Zac was uncomfortable with and that metaphor should have been explored in much more detail. I also felt that they stopped developing Zac as a character once he got older. He went through the most drastic changes when he was an adult, but we never really saw the full effects of those changes.

At the end of the day, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with this film. I never expected a French language film about a homosexual boy to be interesting, but I found the movie to be enjoyable. Overall, it was a good character study that despite its problems, proved to be a decent flick.
THE EXTRAS
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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Despite its problems, I would still recommend this to movie fans and anyone that enjoys a good character study. Donít let the subject matter scare you away, because the director does a good job of putting the focus on the story and not on the fact the main character is gayÖor French.
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