I’m a little late to the Netflix party. I’m more of a book girl (as you probably figured out) and although I like movies, I find I don’t have the time or the inclination to watch them a whole lot. My friend over at Beardy Lollipop loves movies and we got to talking about books and movies, their similarities and differences, books made into films, etc. So now that I joined the Netflix party and have an ever-growing queue, you may be seeing a few more film posts over here because, the thing is, films have many of the same themes, storylines and character progressions as a great book. Oftentimes movies make me feel the same way that a fantastic book will. So, anyway, here is my first post on a movie and it was a completely wonderful film that has left me thinking and examining and reevaluating and googling the main character 🙂
C.R.A.Z.Y. is the story of Zac and his family, who live in French-Canadian Montreal. The movie is in French with English subtitles – at first this surprised me and I almost reconsidered watching it, but I’m so glad I didn’t. As weird as this may sound, after a little while I didn’t even realize that I wasn’t watching the movie in English.
It’s the 1960’s and we see Zac as a young boy, struggling to fit in as the fourth of five boys, knowing something is a little different about himself and wishing that it would just go away. With a loving and attentive mother but a less-than-understanding father and three overbearing older brothers, Zac grows into a teenager who is struggling with the fact that he is gay. The film uses music, religion, dance and dreamlike sequences to dive into the inner turmoil that Zac faces.
Zac is played by Marc-André Grondin who does an absolutely fantastic job of letting the viewer see exactly how confusing, frustrating, humiliating, scary and freeing his journey is. The relationship between him and his mother is one of the most compelling parts of the movie – the two have an unusual and extraordinary connection. The breaking of a fateful record, Zac’s “healing” powers and the downfall of his brother all lead to an eventual understanding with his father, which is the ultimate feel-good (but not cheesy) moment of the film.
I absolutely loved this movie because Marc-André Grondin makes it impossible not to love Zac and the film makes a great statement about family, unconditional love and equality. A perfect watch for Boston Pride week here in Boston.