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Saturday, March 3rd

Upstairs at 8:30 PM

(2005, 127 min)

Country: Canada

Director: Jean-Marc Vallee

Studio: Netflix

A gay Montreal teenager's traumas and adventures are recounted in this knowing, music-filled coming-of-age drama.


One of the best (and sexiest) gay coming-of-age tales of this or any other other year, C.R.A.Z.Y. offers a wild ride through one Montreal boy's tumultuous teen life as he discovers himself. One of five brothers, Zachary begins life on a charmed note: born on Christmas, he almost dies but miraculously pulls through. His hard-working father, Gervais, seems to favor him… until Gervais detects there’s something a little queer about the boy. Indeed, Zac shows even more queer signs come adolescence, aping David Bowie’s glam looks and sexually experimenting with a neighborhood boy. Ultimately, dad’s conservative, macho values force Zac to repress his sexuality… and develop a destructive rage.

Inspired by the autobiographical anecdotes of writer François Boulay, director Jean-Marc Vallée’s C.R.A.Z.Y. bursts with energy, visual inventiveness, humor, sexiness (Marc-André Grondin, as the teenage Zac, is drop-dead gorgeous), amazing tunes by The Rolling Stones, Bowie, Pink Floyd, Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley and Jefferson Airplane and a whopper of teary-eyed emotions. Indeed, be sure to stay for the credits, when the poignant meaning behind the film’s title is revealed.
(French with English subtitles)

-- Lawrence Ferber