The Tracey Fragments (2008)



Critic Consensus: 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).
R (for strong language throughout, some sexual content and violence)
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Ellen Page
as Tracey Berkowitz
Ari Cohen
as Mr. Berkowitz
Erin McMurty
as Mrs. Berkowitz
Zie Souwand
as Sonny Berkowitz
Erin McMurtry
as Mrs. Berkowitz
Slim Twig
as Billy Zero
Julian Richings
as Dr. Heker
Stephen Amell
as Detective #1
Leonard Dunbar
as Laughing Man
Chris Ratz
as Donut Shop Cashier
Daniel Fathers
as Elegant Pimp Daddy
Ryan Cooley
as David Goldberg
Jeffery Bornstein
as The Boy with Curious Hair
Jackie Brown
as Mrs. Dorchester the Teacher
Kate Todd
as That Knockout Bitch Babe Debbie Dodge
Derek Scott
as Headstand Johnny
Domenic Cuzzocrea
as Waiter in Bar
Enid Rose
as Woman in Fur
Curtis Fletcher
as Man in Fur
Shawn Ahmed
as Satanic Cashier
Tasha Davidson
as Bathroom Bully 1
Ashley Archer
as Bathroom Bully 2
Todd Sandomirsky
as Angry Man on Bus
Kristina Nicoll
as Junkie Woman on Bus
Rufus Crawford
as Bus Cop
Gordon Masten
as Bus Driver
Libby Adams
as Young Tracey
Tara Nicodemo
as Nurse on Street
Rebecca Auerbach
as Girl on Street
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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (13)

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
Seattle Times
Top Critic

I hated this movie. I really did.

May 19, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 14, 2008
New York Observer
Top Critic

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
New York Times
Top Critic

I have a feeling that this is the last time we'll see a down-and-dirty Ellen Page.

Full Review… | May 9, 2008
New York Post
Top Critic

The Tracey Fragments is a grating stunt that plays like a film-school project, cutting a bland story into a million tiny irritating pieces.

Full Review… | May 9, 2008
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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, 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.

Rubia  Carolina
Rubia Carolina

Super Reviewer

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 Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer


"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 Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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