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That's an excellent movie!
Loved the characters: the mom, the brothers...

Queer Beacon

Hey Marc, thanks for the insightful comments!

I loved the mom character too. I loved how she stood up against one of the often mentioned objections to gay men: that our sex is filthy. The objection was raised by the nasty dad, and then she reminds him how he likes it too, often...


This film also depicts queerness and difference in general as a gift. I really like that idea, and can relate.

The spirituality of Catholicism and gayness are treated very well -- not too reverent and not too heavy handed either. The use of magic realism and fantasy to depict Catholicism was apt.

The QB review calls Zac a Christ figure, but he's also an anti(Christ)hero. Afterall, he does ascend out of church during "Sympathy for the Devil." I like that both things can be true. That's what's good about this film in general. Life is gray -- not black and white.


The movie is now on Netflix in the U.S.

I love love love this movie.

The only downside is that Zac's relationship to his brothers is undepicted. It's strange that the film is named after him and his brothers, yet they are just stereotypes (the jock, the brains, the bad boy, the introvert). We never learn why all the brothers are isolated from one another.

I like how the mother was quietly assertive -- even challenging -- to the iron-fisted father.

I couldn't help wonder if the father was alcoholic or something.

The nascent eroticism of youth was palpable. It made me wish I could be a kid again -- knowing what I know now.

Queer Beacon

Hey Alfred. I can't understand why the distribution of C.R.A.Z.Y. was not more effective and international. The movie shook the grounds of every festival in which it was on, and I never heard anyone saying anything other than that they absolutely loved the movie...it's one of those things ;-)


I love this movie too! It's just released here in Aus. Not just "another gay movie"! And it's long so I love the story to be so thorough and also it moves from lines to lines very smoothly. It's mostly always the father isn't it? The mother always knows. =) Luckily so far my parents have gone over the do-u-think-u-can-b-straight phase.

Damn - gotta wait months 4 the DVD to come out.

Queer Beacon

I agree, Bent. C.R.A.Z.Y. was one of the best films of 2005.

Bent Yellow Boy

An utter masterpiece of a film. I wrote a review here:


What impressed me about the film was that it has a much larger scope than just a typical coming-out story: the dynamics of family is explored in the film, particularly between brothers, between fathers and sons, and between mothers and sons. Just look at how inheritance is analyzed: Zach (the main character) picks up his father's love of rock music, and is essentially a younger version of his father except that he's gay. That's why there's so much self-hate: the love between father and son is palpable.

The film also has intriguing religious allusions: Zach is, at times, a Christ figure. And, like much great gay art/literature, his gayness is seen as both a gift and a curse ("the dark gift"), and is paralleled with things like his asthma.

The film is thought-provoking, passionate and demonstrates a surprising filmmaking confidence. The Quebecois truly are leading Canadian cinema. This is one of the best films of 2005.


Sorry, Augusto, it took me somehow longer to search for the information. They're both directed by Denys Arcand; the older one (1986/7) is «Le Déclin de l'empire américain», and the latter (2003), «Les invasions barbares». As we don't get here Quebecois movies, I saw them on our cultural TV channel (2:) a few weeks ago and so I may be talking about rather old news... The truth is though both films impressed me quite a lot. Loved the performances as well. :-)


Thanx. What were the movies, Ric?

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