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C.R.A.Z.Y

Canada, 2005 (MIFF 2006, International Panorama)

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée

C.R.A.Z.Y

C.R.A.Z.Y. bagged the award for Best Canadian Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival, just after its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

A rollicking coming-of-age tale, C.R.A.Z.Y cruises along on a playful soundtrack of Patsy Cline, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and Charles Aznavour. Peppered with moments of magical realism, this film is groooovy from the get-go - from its Jean-Pierre Jeunet-like opening montage through to 60s- and 70s-era stylings.

Zac is the fourth of five brothers, born into an average Catholic family on Christmas day. His sensitivity instantly sets him aside from his brutish siblings and it comes as no surprise to Zac's mother that, like Baby Jesus, he possesses the gift of healing - or so says the Tupperware lady anyway. Despite being different, Zac dreams of being just like everyone else. More than anything, he is determined not to become ‘a fairy' or to lose the respect of his father. Yet still, he yearns for the attention of a boy from the wrong side of the tracks.

D/P/S Jean-Marc Valée P Pierre Even S Francois Boulay Dist Rialto Distribution L French w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2005/127mins

Jean-Marc Valée was born in Montreal, Canada, in 1963. His films include Black List (1995), Los Locos: Posse Rides Again (1997) and Loser Love (1999).

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