C.R.A.Z.Y.


C.R.A.Z.Y.– Jean-Marc Valleé- is a coming of age drama set in Québec, Canada. It’s usually housed under ‘French’ in Blockbuster, but then again Blockbuster is the iceland of the movie world. This movie has a great soundtrack, Crazy by Patsy Cline, Shine on you Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd, Emmenez-moi by Charles Aznavour, Space Oddity by David Bowie and Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones, to name but a few. The central character, Zach (Marc-André Grondin) is very cool, very enigmatic. He is born on Christmas day 1960, and the film spans the next couple of decades, from him as a young boy pushing a pram, via the discovery of his ‘gift’, to running away from his family and country. I love the Christmas scenes, when he is always given gifts he doesn’t really want, his father trying to make him the son he’s always wanted. The film, like Breaking the Waves, although not as obvious, is also pro and anti religion. In one scene he is forced to go to midnight mass and imagines the priest telling everyone to go home and open their presents, that mass is boring and goes on for too long. In another, his mother can sense that he is in trouble, and by praying for him (along with turning a tap on) seems to save him.

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