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Old 20th Sep 2006, 20:25   #1
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Default C.r.a.z.y.

Thought I'd go for a little CanCon on this thread.

C.R.A.Z.Y. is a movie set in 1960's and 1970's Quebec and is a must-see for those of us who grew up during that period, as well as for those who have an interest in seeing what life in Quebec in those times was like.

The story concerns itself with the coming of age of the fourth son in a typical working class French Canadian family, his struggles with his older brothers, his trials to earn his father's love and acceptance, his sexuality- all the usual issues in coming-of-age stories. Despite using this very much overdone theme, the movie manages to come off as fresh, energetic and is able to bring something new to the table. Set in the still highly Catholic Quebec society of the time period, this adds a religious subtext to this poignant but very funny movie. And even with this setting, it avoids being parochial.

Despite a very small budget, about $ 8 million, Jean-Marc Vallee manages to create a movie that can rival any of the best international films out there today (which sadly has not often been the case for Canadian movies) The acting is fabulous, as is the sound-track, In fact, the director sacrificed some of his own, and the producers fees in order to pay for the right's for the music.

This is definitely going onto my "DVDs to be purchased" list

Here's the BBC review for those interested
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