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Tarnation

Not Rated In Theaters 10/6/2004 , 100min.
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San Francisco Chronicle
An impassioned documentary about a damaged American family, includes moments that seem to cross the line of what is emotionally acceptable to show onscreen. Full Review
Dana Stevens
The New York Times
Certainly one of the strangest and most interesting movies of the year, and I suspect that in years to come a number of other strange and interesting movies will show traces of its influence. Full Review
David Edelstein
Slate
A collage of pain that breaks over you like a wave. Every second you can feel the cost to Caouette of what he's showing: The sounds and the images are like a pipeline from his unconscious to the screen. Full Review
Dennis Harvey
Variety
Getting so close to real-life mental illness, via footage that spans many years, renders Tarnation a uniquely potent experience. Full Review
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
A remarkable and remarkably compelling document. Full Review

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