Jonathan’s mother, Renée, went clinically insane as a result of the shock therapy her parents made her endure in her youth. Beautiful and artistic, Renée was exceptional. The electroshock treatments had tragic consequences on her life: rape, drug addiction, but also the creation of an indestructible bond with her son, Jonathan. The film starts in 2003, when Jonathan learns that Renée has taken an overdose of lithium. He leaves New York, where he lives with his friend David, and returns to the chaos of his Texas home. This return to his roots unleashes a kaleidoscopic vision of his nightmares and the brief idylls of his difficult childhood.
Jonathan Caouette has been shooting films since he was eight years old. As a regional theater actor, Jonathan has appeared as a schizophrenic John the Baptist in Salome, a queer Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. He has toured with the European company of The Rocky Horror Show; and appeared in commercials. His influences include Alejandro Jodorowsky, John Cassavetes, Lars Von Trier, Paul Morrissey, David Lynch, Marianne Faithful, Led Zeppelin, Mavis Staples and Sidney Lumet. The total budget for his first feature, Tarnation was $218.32.
Jonathan Caouette, Brian A. Kates
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