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Film-maker Jonathan Caouette's documentary on growing up with his schizophrenic mother -- a mixture of snapshots, Super-8 film, answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films,... See more »

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Renee Leblanc ...
Herself
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Himself
Adolph Davis ...
Himself
Rosemary Davis ...
Herself
David Sanin Paz ...
Himself
Joshua Williams ...
Himself
Michael Cox ...
Guy cussing in short film
David Leblanc ...
Himself
Stacey Mowery ...
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Michael Mouton ...
Himself
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Himself (as Bam-Bam)
Vanda Stovall ...
Herself
Dagon James ...
Himself
Vivian Kalinov ...
Herself (as Girl in Student Film)
Steve Caouette ...
Himself
Lisa Berri ...
Blue Velvet cast
Kelli Brisbane ...
Blue Velvet cast (as Kellie Brisbane)
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Blue Velvet cast (as Apocalypse Clown)
Miek Coccia ...
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Caity Creitz ...
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Sterling Price McKinney ...
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Michael Sillery ...
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Layard Thompson ...
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Directed by

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Jonathan Caouette

Written by

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Jonathan Caouette ... (written by)

Produced by

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Vanessa Arteaga ... executive producer
Jason Banker ... associate producer
Jonathan Caouette ... producer
Marie Therese Guirgis ... executive producer
John Cameron Mitchell ... executive producer
Gus Van Sant ... executive producer
Ryan Werner ... executive producer
Stephen Winter ... producer

Music by

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Max Avery Lichtenstein
John Califra

Cinematography by

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Jonathan Caouette

Film Editing by

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Jonathan Caouette
Brian A. Kates ... co-editor

Editorial Department

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George Bunce ... on-line editor: high definition video
Don Ciana ... color timer
Michael Haertlein ... post-production assistant
Peter Heady ... on-line editor: HDTV
Florence Holdeman ... assistant editor
Brian Patchett ... assistant editor: high definition
Jamila Qazi ... editing coordinator
Shelby Siegel ... additional editor

Production Management

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Robert Warmflash ... post-production supervisor

Sound Department

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Jonathan Caouette ... sound
Lora Hirschberg ... re-recording mixer
Brandon Proctor ... mix technician
Daniel Sperry ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as Dan Sperry)
Sean England ... digital archivist (uncredited)
Lora Hirschberg ... sound designer (uncredited)

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Jason Banker ... digital effects

Music Department

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Jim Black ... music supervisor
John Califra ... orchestral score producer / orchestrator
Milan Cimfe ... orchestral score producer / score ProTools operator
William David Fastenow ... music copyist
Pavel Karlik ... assistant to score recording engineer / orchestral score producer

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Mickey Cottrell ... publicist
Tristan Cowen ... assistant to producer
Peter Cross ... legal counsel
Mayur Deshmukh ... production assistant
Don Farber ... legal counsel
Tenley Gillmore ... production assistant
Michael Haertlein ... production assistant
Roberta Morris Purdee ... rights and clearances
Troy Nuyens ... production assistant
Joe Pagano ... plant manager
Wade H.W. Rudolph ... production assistant (as Wade Rudolph)
Tracey Soast ... video coordinator
Joe Violante ... technical advisor

Thanks

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James Bolton ... special thanks
Tristan Cowen ... thanks
Roger Ebert ... thanks
Krystal Kennedy ... thanks
Susan A. Leahy ... The makers of this film would like to thank (as Susan Leahy)
Josh Lowden ... The makers of this film would like to thank
Paul Morrissey ... thanks
Dolly Parton ... thanks
David Sanin Paz ... special thanks
Olivier Père ... thanks
Michael Sillery ... special thanks
Stephen Sprouse ... special thanks
Michael Thornton ... thanks
Dany Wolf ... thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Taglines Your greatest creation is the life you lead See more »
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Also Known As
  • Проклятие (Russia)
  • Tarnation - nuoruus pilalla (Finland)
  • Kolastirio (Greece)
  • Nuoruus pilalla (Finland)
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  • 88 min
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Box Office

Budget $218 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $12,740, 10 Oct 2004

Did You Know?

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Trivia It cost $218 to make but the budget rose to $400,000, once music and video clip royalties were included. See more »
Movie Connections Edited from Rosemary's Baby (1968). See more »
Soundtracks Ice-Pulse See more »
Quotes Jonathan Caouette: Am I on? My name is Hilary Chapman Lauralou Gorea. This is like a testimony isn't it?
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