A 90-year-old woman, rapidly losing her memory and knowing that sooner or later her life will be over, returns to the Manitoba farmhouse she grew up in to try and make peace with her dysfunctional family.
A massage therapist is unable to do her job when stricken with a mysterious and sudden aversion to bodily contact. Meanwhile, her uptight brother's floundering dental practice receives new life when clients seek out his healing touch.
An operative for an elite private intelligence firm finds her priorities changing dramatically after she is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations.
Tracey Berkowitz, 15, a self-described normal girl, loses her 9-year old brother, Sonny. In flashbacks and fragments, we meet her overbearing parents and the sweet, clueless Sonny. We watch Tracey navigate high school, friendless, picked on and teased. She develops a thing for Billy Zero, a new student, imagining he's her boyfriend. We see the day she loses Sonny and we watch her try to find him. In bits and pieces, we see what leads up to her riding in the back of a city bus wrapped in a shower curtain. Coming of age, or just surviving? Written by
When Maureen Medved was writing the novel The Tracey Fragments is based on, she kept a newspaper clipping of Ellen Page over her desk as inspiration for Tracey. See more »
Do you live in a condominium?
I live in a house.
How many people live in your house? You know because I was thinking, maybe I could rent a room. You know, and when they find Sonny, we can come live with you.
Tracey, you can't come home with me.
[her face falling]
Well, for one thing there are rules.
I'm not going to tell on anybody.
Why don't you go home? Go home. Talk to your family. Contrary to what you believe, your feelings will be beneficial to your parents. They need to know what ...
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This is an odd film. I like it, and still I can't think of it as a masterpiece.
At first glance, the picture may seem annoyingly pretentious due to its very original picture composition.
And in some ways it IS annoying. But the amazing thing is: it works pretty well. It really does compose the delicate, mysterious tune, which is the nerve of this fine movie.
Some people might think that The Tracey Fragments would benefit from a more explicit epic narrative. But the artistic mist is also the movie's strength, and I certainly did enjoy this mystery. So, give it a chance even if you're a bit amazed by all the flashing frames. It's actually possible to follow the storyline, even if the intentional non-clarity of this flick is not mastered completely.
Having said all that: Ellen Page as Tracey is a very very good choice!
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