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.
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
The name "Tracey" is an Anglo-Saxon name meaning "brave"; ironically, Tracey is defined in the film by her bravery, facing abuse, mental illness, homelessness, rape and bullies as she runs away from home in search of her brother. See more »
And you know what? No one can do anything about this. They can't. Because I ain't gonna talk to them about any of it. I mean, I'm not going to go back to those freaking retards.
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Written by Ismael Tremblay Desgagnes, Philippe Clement, Annie-Claude Deschenes, Simon Besre
Published by Third Side Music Inc.(SOCAN)
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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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