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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
There is so much I could say about The Tracey Fragments, it is almost like a really big and scary looking roller coaster, its definitely not for everyone, but those that like it, love it.
I will start with what i noticed first: the "fragments", the split screen, super impositions, whatever you want to call it, the editing. Its original, but there is a reason for that, all of these constant, different visuals at the same time is exhausting, at first. 10 minutes into the movie all i wanted was a complete shot with none of those extras that you eventually get used to. 45 minutes into the movie though, i was completely engrossed in the story and totally understood the director's reason for all of that stuff. And the reason is simple: it allows the audience to get inside the head of this alone and suffering teenager.
I am a teen myself and I thought that the bullying and the family life and the emotions Tracey experiences are pretty realistic, and flawlessly portrayed by Ellen Page. This is what life is like for some teens, sadly.
The script was, I thought, perfect. It is dark and disturbing and mostly pretty realistic, and most importantly (or annoyingly), it is very disjointed, you watch the story unfold but you don't figure out what is real and what isn't and how it all happened and why until the end.
The soundtrack is amazing, I loved it and it fits perfectly, I am not a fan of Broken Social Scene (who scored the film), but I am definitely going to be looking for the soundtrack when i get some time.
This movie is Canadian, and that makes me proud. This was shot in Toronto, and it was beautiful, they seemed to find the perfect location for every shot, and the director is Canadian, and Ellen Page is Canadian, and etc.
Finally, Ellen Page. I have saved this for the end because she is the best part of this movie. She is one of my favorite actors and the reason why I decided to see this movie in the first place. She is fantastic, portraying the life of this 15 year old Tracey perfectly. her performance was flawless and there was not a moment in the film where I wasn't totally believing her, or cheering on Tracey as we as the audience learn more about her. I could go on forever but simply put, she is so great, so talented.
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