Synopsis: Born Christmas Day 1960, Zac Beaulieu is the fourth of five sons of Gervais and Laurianne Beaulieu. Zac feels somewhat disconnected to his brothers, all of whom are different from each other. They include the bookworm Christian who is the eldest, the dumb jock Antoine who is third, and the youngest Yvan. But Zac has the most contempt for his second eldest brother, the shiftless druggie Raymond. To his devout Catholic mother, Zac is her miracle son, both for being born the same day as Jesus Christ (a fact which Zac has always hated), and because a Tupperware-selling mystic once told her that he has the power to heal. Laurianne has always coddled Zac, the two who have a special if unspoken bond. But Zac wants more to please his father, who wants more than anything in his sons that they grow up to be man's men and not sissies. As Zac goes through his mid-teens to early twenties, Zac isn't sure if he can live up to the ideals of either his mother or especially his father. A young man with
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Jean-Marc Vallée
Production: TVA Films
  38 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
127 min

As far as I can remember,

I've hated Christmas.

What does it say, Christian?

Gimme my car!

Christmas 1960

It should work.

Stop picking your nose.

It's working!

There we go.

Mine's not moving.



How are you feeling?

He's so cute!

Look, kids.

It's your little brother!

- Baby Jesus!

- Let me hold him.

Here you go.

He's beautiful.

Let me see!

Christmas 1966

Not only would my birthday

always go unnoticed,

but it had to start

with midnight mass.

Midnight mass is too long!

Go home and open your presents!

On the contrary, you're lucky

to share his birthday.

That doesn't happen

to just anyone.

It's special.

Hence the birthmark

on your scalp. Hmm?

It's a sign of being gifted,

you know.

At least, after mass,

there was the Christmas Eve party

at Grandma's.

Hello, my beautiful Zac.

The only advantage to having

one's birthday on Christmas

was getting a bigger present

than everyone else.

He likes it, huh?

But I especially hated Christmas

because I never got what I wanted.


It's what he wanted.

So? It's not up to him.

You want to turn him into a fairy?

- Stop it. He's only five!

- He's almost six and looks seven.

- Oh, come on!

- Never mind ''come on.''

Now return it. Go on.

It would make you

a laughingstock, son.

Daddy doesn't want that.

Daddy isn't trying to upset you.

He loves you far too much.

Hence the hockey game.

So he can play with you.

Go to sleep.

Mommy will have a nice surprise

for you soon.

- For my birthday?

- No, after. You'll see.

Go to sleep.

What's a fairy?



Go to sleep.


I knew very well

what a fairy was.

I especially knew...

I didn't want to be one.

Want to play, Zac?


Unlike my friends' fathers,

all of whom

were ordinary and uninteresting,

mine was the best in the world.

He has Patsy Cline's,

Buddy Rich's

and Aznavour's

entire collections.

He fired a machine gun

in the army.

Our secret side trips

to Norm The King Of Fries

made me deliriously happy.

For a few precious moments,

I was his favorite.

Take me

To the ends of the earth

Take me

To Wonderland

It seems to me

That misery

Would be borne more easily

under the sun



- You didn't bring any back?

- What?

Fries, you moron.

You can smell it a mile away.

We didn't have any fries.

Did we?

My three brothers were morons.

Starting with Christian,

the egghead,

who read constantly -

anything, anytime, anywhere;

Antoine, the sports nut,

a walking stink bomb;

- What're you looking at?

- And Raymond,

my sworn enemy.

Get lost, you pisser.

Dad, Raymond called me

a pussy!

Not a pussy, a pisser.


I could understand him

being proud of Christian,

or Antoine.

But Raymond?

Aren't you going to introduce us?

My dad.

- You're going out, Raymond?

- The little bastard's a Casanova.

But he asked

for more ironed toast!

Hi, pretty baby.

After nine months of prayer...

and superhuman feats...

the good Lord

would finally give me...

Another boy?

What kind of lead you got

in your pencil, Beaulieu?

What can I say?

I have a surplus of male hormones.

- A surplus of hormones!

- That's irrelevant.

He has to change positions

once in a while.

Yeah, well, I've tried that.

What can I say? Five boys -

you take what you can get.

come on, Zac.

You like my surprise?

Christmas 1967

Take me

To the ends of the earth

Take me

To Wonderland

It seems to me that misery

Would be borne more easily

under the sun

Drop by sometime.

See? Look. Again.

Zac has a gift.

I'm sure of it.

His colic stops

whenever Zac holds him.

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François Boulay

François Boulay is a Canadian film and television screenwriter, best known as cowriter with Jean-Marc Vallée of the 2005 film C.R.A.Z.Y. and as a writer for the Quebec television drama series Providence. Boulay and Vallée won the Genie Award for Best Original Screenplay at the 26th Genie Awards, and the Jutra Award for Best Screenplay at the 8th Jutra Awards.C.R.A.Z.Y. was based in part on Boulay's own reminiscences about growing up gay.He is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. more…

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