Saturday, 7 June 2008
The Tracey Fragments 
This one has got to be right up there with the most disturbing, obsessive, phantasmagorical and deeply unsettling movies that I have seen. A movie rooted in urban paranoia, social hypocrisies and human loneliness, it chronicles a 15-year old girl’s physical as well as spiritual journey through the twisted prism of her thoughts, fantasies, anguish and attempts at love. The non-linear narrative and split screens play important roles in delineating the severely fractured vacuum that she lives in, as well as her parallel existence where she has a rockstar boyfriend and is a well developed female and not a flat-chested tomboy. Ellen Page (of Juno fame) has delivered a bravura, tour de force performance as the fragile, emotionally lost, rebellious, misunderstood loner suffering from identity crisis and wild mood swings. The movie has been referred to as a 21st century variation of The Catcher in the Rye – and that is a wonderful epithet to confer on this brilliant experimental effort. J.D. Salinger might just be smiling in appreciation.
Director: Bruce McDonald
Genre: Psychological Drama/Road Movie/Experimental