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Theatrical Release Date:  22 Apr 2005
Home Ent. Release Date:  24 Jul 2005
Running Time:  91 mins


Made for $218 on an Apple iMac, Jonathan Caouette's TARNATION is a spellbinding and heartbreaking documentary self-portrait that re-imagines the whole idea of what a documentary can be. The film chronicles Caouette's chaotic upbringing in a dysfunctional Texas family and the unexpected relationship that develops with his mentally-ill mother Renee. Executive produced by Gus Van Sant and John Cameron Mitchell, TARNATION was awarded the 2004 Sutherland Trophy at The Times bfi London Film Festival for "the most original and imaginative first feature". This stunning film has also played in the Sundance, Cannes and Toronto film festivals.

Directed By:

  • Jonathan Caouette


  • Jonathan Caouette

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