English German
Quick Links

The opinions, comments and viewpoints expressed in articles are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the webmaster.

All press articles are still under copyright from the original source and provided for entertainment purposes and research only. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for your own purposes beyond the 'fair use' exception, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

» Eye Weekly Movie Review - The Tracey Fragments

by Jason Anderson, published on November 1, 2007 at 10:11 AM

Marking local fave Bruce McDonald’s long-awaited return to local screens with a new feature, The Tracey Fragments is a lot of things but timid ain’t one of them. Adapted from a novel by Maureen Medved, McDonald’s latest is his most ambitious attempt to carve up the cinematic frame and give a head-butt to conventions.

Ellen Page plays the title role, a mouthy 15-year-old malcontent whose rage at the world literally fractures the screen, splitting it up into a dozen or more separate images at once. The narrative is similarly fragmentary, with scenes of raw realism set against high- and lowlights of Tracey’s fantasy life, an interior world where she casts herself as a celebrity vixen and girlfriend to Billy Speed (Slim Twig), the new boy at school.

But for all of the movie’s formal daring, McDonald’s oblique strategies can’t disguise the fundamentally mundane contours of Tracey’s familiar tale of teenage hell. The repetitious middle stretch mostly seems to consist of Page muttering f-bombs at the camera, her character’s crisis growing less compelling as the truth behind it is revealed. In the exhilarating opening scenes and the haunting, long-take finale, McDonald realizes the potential of his exercise but it’s hard to shake the feeling that The Tracey Fragments’ content lags way behind its form.

Editorial Rating: 3 out of 5

Source: www.eyeweekly.com

Printerfriendly version · Read 3134 times

Last Update: 10/01/2019 Twitter  Facebook  YouTube  Instagram  Tumblr  Privacy Policy GDPR  HiStats  Facebook Group Ellen Page Fans © 2006-2019 TeamEPO
news ellenpage career media interact site web fancorner profile biography quotes factsandtrivia faqs filmography demoreel awards charity otherprojects gallery videoclips audioclips messageboard fanarts fanlisting guestbook links listedat affiliates aboutepo changelog contact epofaqs legalnotice