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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 25 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: May 17, 2005
  • Originally Released: 2004
  • Label: Fox Lorber
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Documentary

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Directed by
Produced by &
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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh92%

Total Count: 103


User Ratings: 7,499
Daring, innovative and emotionally devastating, TARNATION is a milestone in fiercely personal film-making.
May 1, 2005
Rating: B+ -- The movie climbs inside your head and rattles your consciousness.
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Dec 10, 2004
TARNATION is complex and bracingly inventive...
Sight and Sound
Apr 1, 2005
Rating: 4/4 -- As performance art born of personal pain, "Tarnation" stares teary-eyed into how genetics, culture, environment and susceptibility conspire to trigger mental illness - a documentary more to be experienced than simply viewed. Full Review
The Film Yap
Oct 21, 2010
Rating: B+ -- An original, personal, emotionally touching documentary, which represents a new type of indie, based on innovating filmmaking. Full Review
May 14, 2011
Rating: 4/5 -- A soul-baring scrapbook of a film, its audacity surpassed only by its tragedy.
Arizona Republic
Mar 24, 2005
Rating: 5/5 -- Witness his hilarious high school musical rendition of David Lynch's Blue Velvet: much like the documentary itself, it's a heartbreaking, beautiful monstrosity.
Empire Magazine Australasia
Nov 7, 2012

Product Description:

TARNATION is a wondrous achievement, a personal essay that miraculously balances despair and tragedy with an overriding air of hopefulness. Raised by a schizophrenic mother and abusive foster parents in and around Houston, Texas, Jonathan Caouette escaped from his bleak surroundings by hiding behind a video camera. Since he was eleven, Jonathan obsessively documented himself and those around him, resulting in a stockpile of videotapes that appeared to have no certain purpose. Around this time, he made another dramatic discovery: he was gay. Inspired by underground horror films, musical theatre, and other forms of pop culture, Jonathan knew that he one day wanted to be a performer, and so, in his early twenties, he moved to New York City, where he acted in student films and found stability in the form of his loving boyfriend, David. When he discovered Apple's easy-to-use iMovie editing software, Jonathan began the arduous process of assembling the endless footage of his past. The result is an autobiographical documentary that defies description, a heart-wrenching, devastating testament to personal human spirit. Even after all that his mother put him through, Caouette heroically stands behind her, which gives TARNATION its unwavering soul and makes it must-see viewing for everyone.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: OCTOBER 6, 2004 (LIMITED)
  • This film was included in the 42nd New York Film Festival organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

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