Tarnation (2003)

Tarnation (2003)

Director Jonathan Caouette

Writer Jonathan Caouette

Genre Documentary, Biography

Year 2003

Actors Renee Leblanc, Jonathan Caouette, Adolph Davis, Rosemary Davis

IMDB : 7.2 (5,739 votes)


Description Part documentary, part narrative fiction, part home movie, and part acid trip. A psychedelic whirlwind of snapshots, Super-8 home movies, old answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films, snippets of '80s pop culture, and dramatic reenactments to create an epic portrait of an American family travesty. The story begins in 2003 when Jonathan learns that his schizophrenic mother, Renee, has overdosed on her lithium medication. He is catapulted back into his real and horrifying family legacy of rape, abandonment, promiscuity, drug addiction, child abuse, and psychosis. As he grows up on camera, he finds the escapist balm of musical theater and B horror flicks and reconnects to life through a queer chosen family. Then a look into the future shows Jonathan as he confronts the symbiotic and almost unbearable love he shares with his beautiful and tragically damaged mother.


  • fishkluch 2017-03-03 08:51:03
    Interesting I share the same last name as the director but he pronounces it differently saying "co-et" rather than Cowet like I do. Probably a linguistic variation that will never be explained.
  • escalatorfrenzy 2016-12-31 02:13:21
    Looks like a movie to get a headache from
  • Rahul Raheja 2016-12-16 05:43:06
    Honestly the really bad quality and cheap cameras actually makes the movie better gives a documentary vibe
  • TheDGSexperience 2016-07-31 16:12:40
    A real heap of rubbish this one. I wanted to like it but didn't.
  • LAHockey 2016-07-12 02:04:11
    This film was edited with imovie!
  • Internet Troll 2016-06-05 18:02:57
    Filmed with a potato, and for some shots, a toaster.
  • Misaka Mikoto 2016-05-10 21:28:20
  • Roberto Cruz 2016-01-03 05:20:09
    This movie just show us it takes time to achieve something great a round of applause for this guy
  • Hongrui 2015-12-15 05:36:34
    Casey brought me here lol
  • Renee Lynn 2015-12-14 07:53:21
    Casey Neistat.
  • jv2395 2015-12-11 01:16:55
    What's the name of the 1st instrumental song that plays in the begining of the trailer?
  • Harold Tan 2015-10-14 21:57:57
  • Putra Adib 2015-10-14 03:46:57
    Just done watching this film and my god. It is disturbing, filled with love, sadness, depressing all cramp into one and sometimes it is difficult to watch. But the relationship with his mother is what drives me from watching. I really adore this film. I can now finally see where Casey and the film Boyhood got their inspiration from. Thank you for introducing this film, I wouldn't even know this movie even existed.
  • SillyBeastMonkey 2015-10-14 02:11:03
    "Your welcome" -Casey Nesitat
  • SuperJeepney 2015-10-13 18:10:56
    can someone send me link to watch this movie? :(
  • Rohit Sanjay 2015-10-13 17:23:04
    this movie was edited using iMovie!
  • BadMouseProductions 2013-12-02 21:58:49
    We just watched this and, though we're not usually moved very much, there was a whole minute of silence after it finished, unnerved as to what to say.
  • max ammo 2013-10-24 20:59:38
    basically you exploited your crazy mom to boost your career and finances, thats the saddest part of the whole mess
  • Rob Bailey 2013-08-07 16:36:55
    Expressing love for someone is "creepy"? ... not as creepy as being a hateful fuck who baits people with lies.
  • יעקב כהן 2013-08-02 10:56:00
    נשמע משעמם

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