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C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)

March 16, Episcopal Church of the Messiah, 6436 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck

This film is about a boy growing up in Montreal in the 196os and 1970s, struggling to reconcile his emerging homosexuality with his father's traditional values and his own Catholic beliefs. Zachary Beaulieu (played by Emile Vallee as a young boy and Marc-Andre Grondin as a teenager) is born to a tightknit Catholic family in a working-class suburb on Christmas Day 196o. Zach is the second-youngest son in a family of five boys overseen by their overbearing father, Gervais (Michel Cote), and a religious mother, Laurianne (Danielle Proulx). Laurianne believes her cherished son Zach, born on the day the world celebrates the birth of Jesus, has magical healing powers and is destined for greatness. Gervais sees his favorite son's future greatness in being a man's man when he grows up. But Zach is merely trying to survive his rough-and-tumble brothers (the boys' names, in order of birth, form the anagram of the film's title). This is especially true during his adolescence, as he struggles to come to terms with his homosexuality and the pain he experiences of so deeply disappointing his father, whom Zach loves dearly. Zach travels as far away as Jerusalem to "find" his father's love and respect, and finds solace in the music of David Bowie, Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones. Winner of 38 critic and festival awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actor at the Canadian Screen Awards, Canada's version of the Academy Awards. "A boundlessly energetic coming-of-age story set during the Age of Aquarius." Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter. "The whole family can feel comfortable watching C.R.A.Z.Y." Kay Weissberg, Variety. In French with English subtitles. Not rated.