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In the early years of film homosexuality was represented as a subject of ridicule and mockery These characters often lacked complex development and a voice playing archetypes like feminine males and violent predators defined by their sexual orientation Current queer cinema challenges conventional ideology CRAZY 2005 a Quebecois drama directed by Jean-Marc Valle and Breakfast with Scot 2007 directed by Laurie Lynd are films working against masculine authority going beyond common caricatures The films create homosexual issues paralleling alongside familial relationships CRAZY tells three-decade story of Zachary a closeted gay man coming to terms with his sexuality raised by a homophobic father Gervais Eric an ex-hockey player takes custody of a Scot a flamboyant youngster with his partner Sam CRAZY and Breakfast with Scot give voice to marginalized subjects Both films criticize the conformist society in which the respective protagonists live Zac and Eric struggle for self-identification and try to mend a broken family These films defy the white masculine authority and its regulations by calling out the homophobic mainstream practices of Western culture while structuring moments to empower the protagonist Through the development of masculine environments internalized homophobia and self-awareness each film comments upon more than sexual orientation but the starving need for self-identity CRAZY and Breakfast with Scot are films saturated with representations of white masculinity and heterosexuality Three older brothers who are exemplary stereotypical hyper-masculine males surround Zac Gervais also encourages his boys to act like men An older Zac narrates a scene from when he was a child Zac dressed up in his a red robe slippers and jewelry pretending to be his mother His father walks in on the game and is stunned At age seven Zac unwilling declared war on his father From this point the name-calling begins Gervais yells a Zac for being a sissy and a crybaby He tells his wife their son is not normal Gervais possess a type of patriarchal homophobia that he instills heavily
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