Friday, March 17, 2006

C.R.A.Z.Y. While moviegoers in the United States were all abuzz over Brokeback Mountain, Canadian theaters exhibited C.R.A.Z.Y., a homegrown family drama depicting the coming-of-age of a young man whose sexuality is under scrutiny from an early age. Born in 1960, Zachary isn't isolated somewhere out west like the characters in Brokeback; he grows up in a Catholic household in suburban Qu├ębec. His doting mother believes he has healing powers; his father and brothers together seem more afraid of him being a "fairy" or "fag" than they are of him imploding from a lack of acceptance and support.

Zachary's life takes the form of an involuntary pilgrimage as he grows up, morphing through the trappings of the glam rock, punk, and New Wave cultures. Where Brokeback Mountain observes Jack and Ennis from a distance and imbues Ennis with an almost monolithic inscrutability, C.R.A.Z.Y. delves deep into Zachary's inner conflict as well as his absorbed homophobia. (He often wants to kill his feelings of same-sex attraction.)

C.R.A.Z.Y. lost the Oscar for Best Foreign Film but garnered ten Genies (Canadian Oscars) earlier this week. When MOMA hosted the movie's New York premiere on Wednesday, the audience gave actress Danielle Proulx (who plays the mother) a long round of applause. C.R.A.Z.Y. will show again at MOMA on Saturday, March 18, at 3:30 pm.

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