Born on Christmas Day, so he never gets proper birthday parties and his mother attributes religious powers to him. Dropped at birth, even. Three older brothers. One father determined to root out even the slightest inclinations of sissiness -- when he wants a baby stroller for his fifth birthday, his father buys him a huge hockey game instead. On top of all that, teenage and later young adult Zac Beaulieu is worried that he might have homosexual inclinations, which in the 1960s and 1970s, was even more difficult to deal with than it would be now.
C.R.A.Z.Y., which screened at aGLIFF this week, is not simply a coming-of-age and coming-out story. The movie's true focus is on a turbulent, changing father-son relationship. At an early age, Zac breaks one of his father's rare prize Patsy Cline albums, and throughout the film we see Zac searching for another copy, as if this will make everything better with his dad (Michel Cote).