Walk Away Renee
Walk Away Renee (2012)

In WALK AWAY RENEE, Caouette embarks on a road trip to move his mentally ill motherRenee 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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 29, 2013
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Critic Score: 44% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Nicolas Rapold
New York Times

"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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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter

Caouette certainly knows how to manipulate images and sound, painting on a vibrantly textured, semi-experimental canvas. But aside from visual stimulation set to some cool music, none of the fictional stuff adds much.

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Diego Costa
Slant Magazine

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.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Produced on a far more elaborate scale than "Tarnation,'' which Caouette assembled at a cost of $213.32 on his boyfriend's laptop computer. And that's mostly not a good thing.

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Brian Miller
Village Voice

Hermetic, autobiographical, messy, and ultimately touching.

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Brent Simon
Shockya.com

Both a love letter and a break-up. It shows a deep bond between mother and son, but also the veritable chasm that mental illness represents between those struggling with it and those who love them.

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Leslie Felperin
Variety

Renee really does feel something like a remake of Tarnation, this time with more budget and less feeling.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York

Caouette hasn't gone as deep this time, alternately recapping the events of Tarnation in segments that feel too long and taking his mother on a U-Haul road trip from Texas to New York, a journey that lacks variation.

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Jonathan Caouette documents moving his mentally ill mother Renee from a group home in Houston to one in New York to be closer to him; on the trip she loses her… More