Jonathan Caouette builds his part documentary, part narrative fiction out of hundreds of hours of old Super 8 footage, VHS videotape, photographs, and dramatic reenactments to tell his terrible family story story and reconnect with with his mentally-ill mother.
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queer documentary unlike any other. sad, disturbing, very personal. i can't remember if i have ever cried so much during a film before. every time i watch this masterpiece i find myself so lonely and speechless in the dark room...
The haunting dynamic of an ill mother and her son. This personal documentary has wrapped within itself a dual force of heart and bite, by which it had entranced me with fuzzy Super 8 clips and antagonisms with the Self in the realm of introspection, placement, and perseverance. Life is a trip, and Caouette acts as voyeur of the convoluted and nigh unreal life that he had circumstantially cultivated.
Un collage de reminiscencias pero con un estilo excéntrico, pop, fantástico. Lo que causa más atención de este documental es su modo narrativo. Es ausente el narrador, en su lugar lo reemplaza una serie de grabaciones, fotos y líneas que siguen el curso de la historia. Un arduo trabajo que además se da el lujo de innovar su estética.
One of the most intimate and personal testimonies ever put on film. A unique and partially bizarre presentation reflects the way life is perceived by the author and is none the less extremely attractive to behold.
A great achievement and very possibly the redefinition of modern documentary.