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The Tracey Fragments

The Tracey Fragments (2008)



Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 22

Splitscreen intensive and at times ambiguous, this Ellen Page vehicle cum psychodrama takes audacious risks that may confuse.


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 9

Splitscreen intensive and at times ambiguous, this Ellen Page vehicle cum psychodrama takes audacious risks that may confuse.



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"The Tracey Fragments" uses highly inventive and dynamic Mondrian-like split screens to tell the story of why 15-year-old Tracey Berkowitz is riding out a blizzard in the back of a city bus, naked except for the tattered curtain she's wrapped in, and looking for her missing brother (whom she fears she has hypnotized).



Maureen Medved

Jul 8, 2008

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To criticize a film called The Tracey Fragments for being too fragmented may sound a bit on-the-nose, but this experimental drama from Canadian director Bruce McDonald is interesting for a while and then goes to pieces.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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I hated this movie. I really did.

May 19, 2008 | Comments (3)
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All this proves is that watching a poorly executed scene from 19 perspectives is worse than watching it once in an unbroken frame.

May 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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This audacious puzzlement is worth seeing, I guess, for some startling and innovative visual designs. But it doesn't amount to anything more substantial than a technical tour de force.

May 14, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Viewed as the sum of its sad incidents, The Tracey Fragments seems like the kind of adolescent melodrama that has become a staple of young-adult literature.

May 9, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
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I have a feeling that this is the last time we'll see a down-and-dirty Ellen Page.

May 9, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Even with the film's scant running time of 77 minutes, the unrelenting use of Mondrian splitscreen is bound to give anyone a headache.

July 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

An exploration of the heightened, extreme emotional sensations of adolescence, The Tracey Fragments is demanding and relentless, an image overload in search of resolution.

October 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
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The split screen has never been used so purposefully or with such aesthetic care, capturing the multiple perspectives of a character who cannot separate reality from illusion because the whole world is inside her head.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

[Page is] virtually the sole reason to see this duller-than-it-sounds experiment.

May 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

But Tracey Berkowitz is the anti-Juno: Where Cody Diablo's heroine is insouciant and confidently nonchalant, Tracey is angry, insecure and filled with an unsettling self-loathing, which Page brings to life with a searing immediacy.

May 9, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Even the adorable Ellen Page is entitled to perform in a dud.

May 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Compuserve

Will be remembered as a shard in Page's filmography.

May 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Arty to the nth degree, splintered and, yes, fragmented

May 8, 2008 Full Review Source:

The cinematic equivalent of a hyper-pretentious, solo performance piece whose style grows tiresome before you've even finished reading the playbill.

May 8, 2008 Full Review Source:

Director Bruce McDonald splits his screen eight ways to Sunday in The Tracey Fragments, a splintered form ostensibly intended to match the psyche of his protagonist.

May 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Director Bruce McDonald deserves high praise for the chance he takes, here, departing from convention by experimenting with split screens for the duration of the claustrophobic psychodrama.

May 7, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

Audience Reviews for The Tracey Fragments

"Run Lola Run" is the firt movie that came to my mind. "Paranoid Park" somehow too.

The movie runs exactly as our mind: a constant in and out of thoughts, fellings, memories and made up facts. Fragments that are part of many stories and end up in a single one. Messy. If there is a truth, itīs hidden somewhere.

If you canīt follow Traceyīs mind (it can be tiresome sometimes), an unplugged version can eb found on youtube. Itīs also interesting , but not the same type of amazed confusing "experience" the film itself can offer.

May 11, 2012

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"fragments" is definitely the key word with this movie, describing both the presentation of things, the mindset of the titular character, and how I (and I'm sure many others no doubt) feel about this movie. The Tracey Fragments is more like an exercise in editing or an experience than a movie. The tone, mood, and atmosphere that are created are a huge part of things, and I really liked them. The artsy style and editing add to these things, but they end up taking over, and become a big distraction. Toning down the split screen stuff would have made for less tediousness, unless that was part of the filmmaker's point. The performances are good, and the music is nice, and I have to give some props for creativity and ambition, but this movie was a little too out there. I'm not sure of it's exact place, but this film ranks pretty high on my list of the most out there, off-the-wall, and mind-boggling films I've ever seen, which isn't necessarily a good thing or a bad one. There's nothing wrong with style and experimentation, which is why this film isn't getting a lower grade, but the over usage of said things is what keeps it from getting anything higher.
September 28, 2009
Chris Weber

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What a hot mess this movie was. I was only wanting to see it because it had Ellen Page in it. I am glad I watched it for that fact, because I still think her acting was great. But the movie itself was unwatchable. The split screens, then jumping from one scene to another, never really fully grasping the concept of what was going on. It leaves you not knowing exactly what happened. Watch it for Ellen Page's performance if you are a fan, but besides that, no way would I recommend this movie to anyone.
September 9, 2009

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    1. Tracey Berkowitz: This is the story of the girl with no tits.
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