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  • Summary: In Walk Away Renee, Caouette embarks on a road trip to move his mentally ill mother Renee across the country. As they encounter roadblocks in the present, we begin to flash back to moments from the past, giving us insight into this anything-but-ordinary mother/son relationship. ThroughIn Walk Away Renee, Caouette embarks on a road trip to move his mentally ill mother Renee across the country. As they encounter roadblocks in the present, we begin to flash back to moments from the past, giving us insight into this anything-but-ordinary mother/son relationship. Through musical montage, psychedelic sequences and real and imagined circumstance, the film raises questions about love, sacrifice, and the reality in which we live. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    Nov 27, 2012
    63
    It's Jonathan Caouette's insistence in going back to his nightmarish old footage, or the old footage that he purposefully renders nightmarish, that seems more interesting.
  2. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Nov 27, 2012
    60
    The way forward, both in Caouette's real-life situation and his development as an artist, remains unclear, yet that frustration makes it to the screen, in spiky waves that signal a vital personal quest.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Miller
    Nov 27, 2012
    60
    Picking up where his 2003 "Tarnation" left off, Jonathan Caouette's new documentary is no less hermetic, autobiographical, messy, and ultimately touching.
  4. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Nov 29, 2012
    50
    The extra money has bought a professional crew for scripted sequences, in which Jonathan and his mother too often mug for the camera.
  5. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Nov 30, 2012
    50
    Ultimately, "Renee" feels less like a walk away than a retread.
  6. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Nov 30, 2012
    50
    It's problematic, however, that we learn very little here that wasn't more stirringly conveyed in the earlier film. In its mesmerizing, propulsive drive, "Tarnation" was a heartfelt scramble to make sense of messy lives. Walk Away Renee is an occasionally illuminating patchwork.
  7. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Nov 30, 2012
    50
    Walk Away Renee lets us observe a mother-son bond, but Mr. Caouette hasn't found a way to galvanize this incarnation of material for strangers.

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