DVD - 2005
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A multitude of family snapshots, Super-8 home movies, old answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films, snippets of '80s pop culture, and dramatic reenactments are used to create an epic portrait of an American family travesty. Beginning in 2003 when Jonathan learns that his schizophrenic mother, Renee, has overdosed on her lithium medication, he is shot back into his real and horrifying family legacy of rape, abandonment, promiscuity, drug addiction, child abuse, and psychosis. Jonathan grows up on camera and finds his escape in musical theater and B-horror movies. A look into the future shows Jonathan as he confronts the almost unbearable love he shares with his tragically damaged mother.
Publisher: [United States] : Wellspring Media, [2005]
ISBN: 0794205666
Branch Call Number: DVD 362.829 TAR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 85 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Oct 21, 2013

I liked it! You have to know what you're getting into with this movie, though. This is a pastiche of voice-over, home movies, family photos and some re-created scenes that show the director's strange relationships within his family. It's meant to be "a mess" as the previous commenter noted. Life is a mess, and Jon Caouette's more so than most. I was fascinated and horrified and moved.

Jul 05, 2011

What a mess. Crosses the line from being somewhat interesting to being flat out annoying about 20 minutes in.


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