Tarnation

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Released 2004

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Director:
Jonathan Caouette
Released:
2004
Rating:
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Culled from 19 years of his life, filmmaker Jonathan Caouette's documentary about growing up with his schizophrenic mother is a mixture of snapshots, Super-8 footage, answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films and more. By turns, Caouette is ambivalent about his mother's condition, expressing both love and pain for her -- and, bravely, admitting the fact that there's more than one truth on view here.

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  • 90

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Certainly one of the strangest and most interesting movies of the year, and I suspect that in years to come a number of other strange and interesting movies will show traces of its...

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    A remarkable and remarkably compelling document.

  • 70

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Getting so close to real-life mental illness, via footage that spans many years, renders Tarnation a uniquely potent experience.

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Documentary

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Biography, Independent