Corruscating documentary self-portrait by filmmaker Jonathan Caouette, recounting his chaotic upbringing in a disfunctional Texas family. Beginning in 2003, when he learns of his mother's lithium overdose, Caouette returns to the family home to sift through the Super-8 archives of his childhood, assembling a collage of home-movie footage, early short films, photographs and even answerphone messages to explore the break-up of his family, in a documentary that was made for only $218.
Part documentary, part narrative fiction, part home movie, and part acid trip. A psychedelic whirlwind of snapshots, Super-8 home movies, old answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films, snippets of '80s pop culture, and dramatic reenactments to create an epic portrait of an American family travesty. The story begins in 2003 when Jonathan learns that his schizophrenic mother, Renee, has overdosed on her lithium medication. He is catapulted back into his real and horrifying family legacy of rape, abandonment, promiscuity, drug addiction, child abuse, and psychosis. As he grows up on camera, he finds the escapist balm of musical theater and B horror flicks and reconnects to life through a queer chosen family. Then a look into the future shows Jonathan as he confronts the symbiotic and almost unbearable love he shares with his beautiful and tragically damaged mother.