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Release Date:
20 March 2008 (Portugal) See more »
Something's Missing...
15-year-old Tracey Berkowitz is naked under a shower curtain at the back of a bus, looking for her little brother Sonny, who thinks he's a dog. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
5 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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Ellen Page ... Tracey Berkowitz

Maxwell McCabe-Lokos ... Lance (as Max McCabe - Lokos)

Ari Cohen ... Mr. Berkowitz
Erin McMurtry ... Mrs. Berkowitz
Zie Souwand ... Sonny Berkowitz

Stephen Amell ... Detective
Leonard Dunbar ... Laughing Man
Chris Ratz ... Donut Shop Cashier

Daniel Fathers ... Elegant Pimp Daddy

Ryan Cooley ... David Goldberg
Jeffrey Bornstein ... The Boy With Curious Hair
Jackie Brown ... Mrs. Dorchester the Teacher

Kate Todd ... That Knockout Bitch Debbie Dodge
Slim Twig ... Billy Zero

Julian Richings ... Dr. Heker

Derek Scott ... Headstand Johnny
Dominic Cuzzocrea ... Waiter in Bar (as Domenic Cuzzocrea)
Enid Rose ... Woman in Fur
Curtis Fletcher ... Man in Fur

Shawn Ahmed ... Satanic Cashier

Norman Yeung ... VJ

George Stroumboulopoulos ... Himself
Tasha Davidson ... Bathroom Bully #1
Ashley Archer ... Bathroom Bully #2

Todd Sandomirsky ... Angry Man on Bus
Kristina Nicoll ... Junkie Woman on Bus

Rufus Crawford ... Bus Cop

Gordon Masten ... Bus Driver

Libby Adams ... Young Tracey
Tara Nicodemo ... Nurse on Street
Rebecca Auerbach ... Girl on Street
Martin Villafana ... The Man

Directed by
Bruce McDonald 
Writing credits
Maureen Medved (written by)

Maureen Medved (novel)

Produced by
Paul Barkin .... executive producer
Phyllis Laing .... executive producer
Kryssta Mills .... associate producer
Derek Rappaport .... line producer
Sarah Timmins .... producer
Original Music by
Broken Social Scene (score by)
Cinematography by
Steve Cosens (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jeremiah Munce 
Gareth C. Scales 
Casting by
Sara Kay 
Jenny Lewis 
Production Design by
Ingrid Jurek 
Art Direction by
Pierre Bonhomme 
Set Decoration by
Friday Myers 
Costume Design by
Lea Carlson 
Makeup Department
Sid Armour .... key makeup artist
Katrin Clark-Citroen .... key hair stylist
Jessica Fulmer .... makeup assistant
Peggy Kyriakidou .... hair assistant
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sarah Buell .... second assistant director
Chris Matthews .... third assistant director (as Chris Mathews)
Christen Reynolds .... third assistant director
Jill Campbell Samson .... first assistant director (as Jill Samson)
John Sauvé .... second assistant director (as Jon Sauve)
Norman Yeung .... second unit director
Art Department
Jonathan Bolen .... set dresser
Lisa Chevrefils .... set dresser
Brian Cranstone .... carpenter
David Cumer .... carpenter
Erich Entner .... assistant props (as Erick Entner)
Lori Galenic .... set dresser
Winston Hacking .... set dresser
Adrian Hardy .... set dresser
Evan Thaler Hickey .... art department production assistant
Josh Hilburt .... graphic artist
Don Little .... assistant props
Rick Little .... props master
Patricia McCullagh .... carpenter
J.D. Moore .... carpenter (as JD Moore)
Sophia Pierro .... art department assistant: second unit (as Sophia Chirovsky)
April Poppe .... assistant set decorator
Tania Rihar .... set dresser
Cheryl Salvas .... set dresser
Reid Scheidt .... first assistant art director (as Reid M. Scheidt)
Jeff Schouten .... painter
Robin Sharp .... art department production assistant
Joey Shifman .... carpenter
Shawn Thomas .... graphic artist
Stephen Willetts .... scenic painter (as Steve Willetts)
Sound Department
Matthew Chan .... sound re-recording mixer (as Matt Chan)
Steve Copley .... foley recordist
Rick Coulombe .... boom operator
Brad Dawe .... production sound mixer
Stefan Fraticelli .... foley artist
Christopher Guglick .... mixing assistant
John Hazen .... sound re-recording mixer
Jorge Muniz .... boom operator
Steve Munro .... sound designer
David Ottier .... sound recordist: second unit
Kara Purto .... foley assistant
Tim Pytlik .... assistant sound editor
Paul Shikata .... sound effects editor
John Sievert .... foley artist (as John Seivert)
David Drainie Taylor .... dialogue/adr editor (as David Draine Taylor)
Randy Wilson .... foley recordist
Special Effects by
Mark Ahee .... special effects supervisor
Dylan Hankinson .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Bienvenido Cruz .... internal title designer
Christian Moreton .... visual effects supervisor
Jeremiah Munce .... conceptual designer
Andrew Sims .... Shake artist
Eric Bryson .... stunt coordinator
Randy Butcher .... stunt coordinator
Blair Johannes .... stunt coordinator
Billy Oliver .... stunt performer
Bryan Thomas .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Liz-Ann Agostino .... grip
Harald Bachmann .... Steadicam operator
Nika Belianina .... electrician (as Veronika Belianina)
Chris Clifford .... camera operator: second unit
Alistair Dempsey .... grip
John Hickey .... first assistant camera
George Kerr .... gaffer
Sarah Kolasky .... camera assistant
Dino Laurenza .... Steadicam operator
Michael LeBlanc .... director of photography: second unit
Kameron Martin .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Kameron Mann)
Michel Moon .... camera assistant (as Michael Moon)
Beth Nobes .... second assistant camera
Matt O'Sullivan .... still photographer
Steve Payne .... additional photography
Vince Ponka .... electric
Loreen Ruddock .... electric
Jason Sissons .... key grip (as Jayson Sissons)
Jeff Smallacombe .... best boy grip
Joe Sutor .... grip
Ioana Vasile .... best girl electric (as Ioanna Vasile)
Casting Department
Roisin McGilly .... extras casting director
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer Buck .... costume set supervisor
Minda Johnson .... assistant costume designer
Caitlin Watson .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Grace Carnale-Davis .... account manager: Technicolor Creative Services
Louis Casado .... film timer
Matthew Hannam .... additional editor (as Matt Hannam)
James Kwiatkowski .... account manager: Technicolor Creative Services
Christian Moreton .... frame conform
Andrew Pascoe .... digital imaging services: Technicolor Creative Services
Brian Reid .... digital imaging services: Technicolor Creative Services
Music Department
Ohad Benchetrit .... guest musician
Brendan Canning .... score composition
Robert E. Garfinkle .... technical support (as Robert Garfinkle)
Stacey Horricks .... music supervisor: S.L. Feldman & Associates
Bernard Maiezza .... score composition
Julie Penner .... guest musician
Elizabeth Powell .... guest musician
Damon Richardson .... guest musician
Suzie and The Full Body Rockers .... guest musician
Charles Spearin .... score composition
Amy Fritz .... music supervisor: S.L. Feldman & Associates (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Jonathan Bolen .... driver
Jeremy Boyd .... driver
Ray Champion .... driver
Chris Cunningham .... transportation coordinator
Troy Cunningham .... driver
Paul Fler .... driver
Sandy Griffiths .... transportation coordinator
Daniel Lee .... driver
Marco Lopes .... driver
Ken Malley .... driver
Derrick Roslaniec .... driver (as Derek Roslaniec)
Mike Wood .... driver: honeywagon
Other crew
Daniel Bekerman .... production coordinator (as Dan Bekerman)
Laurel Bresnahan .... educational liaison
Michael Brown .... key location production assistant
Suzanne Cheriton .... publicity services: Red Eye Media
Ian Cooper .... legal services: Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond
Chris Cunningham .... office production assistant
Heath Fashina .... e.p.k. editor
Laura Garcia .... post production producer
Indira Guha .... business and legal affairs: Telefilm Canada
Winston Hacking .... production assistant
Joan Hug-Valeriote .... tutor
Peter Janigan .... location manager
Billy Khoury .... script assistant
Lorna MacDougall .... production accountant
Marylu Martyniuk .... craft service
Trish Mason .... script supervisor
Rick Parker .... animal wrangler
Thomas Power .... production assistant
Sandra Richmond .... legal services: Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond
Kim Rosenberg .... stand-in
Cheryl Salvas .... production assistant
Morgan Tams .... production coordinator: second unit
Kerry Young .... assistant production coordinator (as J Kerry Young)
Olaf Aichinger .... special thanks
Pam Botterill .... special thanks
Chester Brown .... acknowledgment: "Ed the Happy Clown" comic
Dany Chiasson .... special thanks
Paula D. Curran .... special thanks
Kevin Drew .... special thanks
Sam Eigen .... special thanks
Amy Fritz .... special thanks
Larissa Giroux .... special thanks
Bryan Gliserman .... special thanks
Christine Haebler .... special thanks
Kishwar Iqbal .... special thanks
Dan Lyon .... special thanks
Guy Maddin .... acknowledgment: Winnipeg stock footage
Dave McReary .... special thanks
Dacia Moss .... special thanks
Jim Murphy .... special thanks
Brandon Paine .... special thanks
Christina Piovesan .... special thanks
Jeffrey Remedios .... special thanks (as Jeff Remedios)
Thorsten Ritter .... special thanks
Thorsten Schaumann .... special thanks
Brian Sweet .... special thanks
Craig David Wallace .... special thanks (as Craig Wallace)
Tony Wosk .... special thanks
Charlie Yoko .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
Rated R for strong language throughout, some sexual content and violence
77 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:MA | Canada:14A (British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Finland:K-13 | New Zealand:R16 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R
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Did You Know?

As part of the promotion for the Canadian release, the distributor released all of the original footage as downloadable torrent files and encouraged people to re-edit the footage into whatever they saw fit. This is believed to be the first theatrically-released film to make its footage available in such a fashion. Entries ranged from music videos to a complete re-edit of the film in linear order, without split screens.See more »
Tracey Berkowitz:You know, it really sucks out loud when people don't trust you.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Stir of Echoes (1999)See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
gimmicky but sometimes compelling indie drama, 25 August 2009
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

If it's true, as Marshall McLuhan has suggested, that the medium is indeed the message, then "The Tracey Fragments" proves that theory in spades. This highly idiosyncratic work has as its focal point "Tracey Berkowitz - 15 - just another girl who hates herself" - a description that comes straight from the mouth of Ms. Berkowitz herself. Tracey is a deeply unhappy youngster who hates her (admittedly horrible) parents, is terrorized by all the "cool" kids in school for insufficient mammary-gland development, spends most of her nights riding the subway, hooks up with a psychotic lowlife who turns out to be a drug dealer, and searches for her little brother whom she's hypnotized into thinking he's a dog and who goes missing by a frozen river when she's supposed to be watching out for him. To help mitigate her misery, Tracey also dreams of having a relationship with a brooding "emo" bad boy at school and fantasizes that she is a famous, universally worshipped rock star.

But it is not Tracey's story that is of primary interest here; rather it's the cut-and-paste film-making style director Bruce McDonald has employed to create a sense of fragmentation and dislocation in the viewer - intended, obviously, to mirror the highly chaotic and disordered nature of Tracey's world and life. With rare exceptions, the screen is occupied by as few as two and as many as a dozen shots at a time, often portraying the same sequence from slightly different angles or at slightly different moments in time, or portraying thematically related scenes simultaneously. The question inevitably arises, is the approach effective in what it's trying to accomplish or does it serve as a distancing device for those of us who are trying to enter into Tracey's mind and world. I imagine that different viewers will come to varying verdicts on that point.

Personally, I appreciate what McDonald is trying to do here more than I admire it. "The Tracey Fragments," which Maureen Medved has adapted from her own novel, offers many probing insights into the subject of teenage angst, particularly as regards the tremendous pressure modern young people are put under to "measure up" and conform to some arbitrarily agreed-upon social standard. And "Juno"'s Ellen Page gives a stunning performance as the young woman caught in an ever-tightening web of self-hatred (this is, in many ways, the darker side of "Juno," and Page is much less mannered in this role).

But, frankly, the movie probably would have been more moving and involving without all the migraine-inducing imagery which succeeds mainly in throwing us out of the story. In fact, there is only one scene in which the split screen technique actually serves a narrative purpose - and that is when Tracey is hiding behind a curtain while her drug-dealer friend is being savagely beaten by the irate boss to whom he owes money. Most of the rest of the time, the approach feels more like a gimmick designed to separate this film from the rest of the "distressed-teen indie" pack than an artistically viable choice in its own right.

Still, if you can get past all the artiness and visual distraction, you might just find in "The Tracey Fragments" a thoughtful, sensitive and ineffably sad glimpse into a young woman's heart.

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