DVD Release Date: April 30, 2013
Price: DVD $24.98
Studio: IFC Films
In the earlier film, Caouette culled together snapshots, Super-8 footage, answering machine messages, video diaries and early short films to document his growing up with a schizophrenic mother. In Walk Away Renee, Caouette films his road trip to move his mother from Texas to New York, which both tightens and tests their bond.
Along the way, they tackle roadblocks including Renee’s mood-stabilizing medications and get glimpses of moments from their past. As Renee fights to maintain a grip on reality, Caouette is faced with deciding between sanity and mortality, familial devotion and personal survival.
Again, Caouette mixes film types, using candid home movies, split-screen verite musical montage, hallucinatory psychedelia and both real and imagined dramas.
Screened in a brief run in theaters, Walk Away Renee got mixed reviews from critics, who gave it 56% approval, according to Rotten Tomatoes, but audiences lauded it to the tune of 89% approval.
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