Flashback: Tarnation

It is a remarkable film, immediate, urgent, angry, poetic and stubbornly hopeful. It has been constructed from the materials of a lifetime: Old home movies, answering machine tapes, letters and telegrams, photographs, clippings, new video footage, recent interviews and printed titles that summarize and explain Jonathan’s life. «These fragments I have shored against my ruins,» T.S. Eliot wrote in «The Waste Land,» and Caouette does the same thing.

-- Roger Ebert