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Walk Away Renee (2012)

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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 9
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 7
Fresh: 2
Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 137

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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 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.

Rating:
Unrated
Genre:
Documentary , Drama , Special Interest
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On DVD:
Apr 29, 2013
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Walk Away Renee

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (5)

"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.

Full Review… | November 30, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 30, 2012
New York Post
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Renee really does feel something like a remake of Tarnation, this time with more budget and less feeling.

Full Review… | November 29, 2012
Variety
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 29, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Hermetic, autobiographical, messy, and ultimately touching.

Full Review… | November 27, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 27, 2012
Time Out New York
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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.

Full Review… | November 27, 2012
Slant Magazine

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.

Full Review… | November 1, 2012
Shockya.com

Audience Reviews for Walk Away Renee

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 medication and dementia and paranoia set in. Some of the scenes appear to be recreations, and there are curious psychedelic montages to illustrate mom's crazy state of mind. A touching, if meandering, tribute.

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