The Tracey Fragments

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

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Tracey (Ellen Page) sits traumatized on a bus, scanning the streets for her lost younger brother, Sonny (Zie Souwand). Impressionistic flashbacks reveal the events that brought her to this point: Her severely dysfunctional parents barely register her existence except with hostility, while her psychiatrist is more a hindrance to her mental health than a source of support. Her only source of comfort is her classmate Billy Zero (Slim Twig). Unfortunately, their relationship is pure fantasy.

Cast & Crew

Ellen Page
Tracey Berkowitz
Ari Cohen
Mr. Berkowitz
Erin McMurty
Mrs. Berkowitz
Slim Twig
Billy Zero
Zie Souwand
Sonny Berkowitz
Paul Barkin
Executive Producer
Bruce McDonald
Executive Producer
Phyllis Laing
Executive Producer
Steve Cosens
Cinematographer
Jeremiah Munce
Film Editor
Gareth C. Scales
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Broken Social Scene
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Critic Reviews for The Tracey Fragments

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (22)

  • Bruce McDonald's adaptation of Maureen Medved's stream-of-consciousness teen novel The Tracey Fragments turns the screen into an ever-shifting mosaic, with anywhere from two to 20 separate images appearing at the same time.

    March 11, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Noel Murray

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    November 24, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 2/5

    David Fear

    Time Out
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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 | Rating: 2/4
  • I hated this movie. I really did.

    May 19, 2008
  • 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…

    Rex Reed

    Observer
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Audience Reviews for The Tracey Fragments

  • Jul 12, 2010
    Hmmm... it was hard to watch with all the PIP boxes everywhere. Might have been really good aside from that. Page was very deep and amazing in her role though.
    Leigh R Super Reviewer
  • Sep 24, 2009
    "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.
    Chris W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2009
    "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, it´s hidden somewhere. If you can´t follow Tracey´s mind (it can be tiresome sometimes), an unplugged version can eb found on youtube. It´s also interesting , but not the same type of amazed confusing "experience" the film itself can offer. <br> <br>
    Rubia Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2009
    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.

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