Walk Away Renee: Cannes Review
"Tarnation" filmmaker Jonathan Caouette takes a cross-country trip with his mother, who suffers from acute bipolar and schizoaffective disorder, in this inconsistent film.
In his innovative 2004 debut feature, Tarnation, made on an iMac mostly out of years' worth of home movies and photographic material, Jonathan Caouette forged a new kind of pop-poetic memoir. The film was a cathartic exploration of his emergence as a gay man, and of his determined struggle to remain the one constant in the life of his mentally and emotionally unstable mother. That struggle clearly is ongoing, but revisiting the subject in Walk Away Renee yields far less consistent rewards.
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