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20th Jun '13 9:48:59 AM erforce
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''The Tracey Fragments'' is a 2007 Canadian film directed by {{Bruce McDonald}} and starring EllenPage.

Tracey Berkowitz (EllenPage) is a 15 year old girl searching for her 9-year-old brother, Sonny, who thinks he's a dog. The movie opens with her riding in the back of the bus, wrapped in a shower curtain, and explains how she got there through a series of anachronic flashbacks.

Notable for being filmed entirely in Mondrian multi-frame compositions, otherwise known as split-screen. The "fragments" of the title are literal as well as figurative.

In a interesting movie promotion tactic, the director made available all the raw footage that they shot for the movie as torrent downloads for fans to re-edit, and the best edits got released on the DVD.
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!!This movie provides examples of:
* AllMenArePerverts - Tracey seems to hold this opinion:
-->"Men buy girls' panties. Myra Bernie told me. Girls in school like me. Unpopular girls, girls with big tits, girls with regular tits, and girls with no tits at all. The men don't even care. Panties just come out of a machine like a chocolate bar. The men take them home and cuddle them like a little kitten."
* AnachronicOrder
* {{Angst}} - Tracy has quite a bit of this.
* AttemptedRape: When Tracey is at Lance's, a thug comes into his apartment and beats him up. When he tries to rape Tracey, she slashes his face with a bottle and runs away. [[spoiler:This is how she got the shower curtain.]]
* BreakTheCutie - Comes pre-broken.
* CaliforniaDoubling - An unusual example - Hamilton and Brantford double for ''Winnipeg'', a city more accustomed to doubling for other cities.
* {{Cameo}} - [[TheHour George Stroumboulopoulos]] has a short cameo as himself.
* CountryMatters: Tracey calls her psychiatrist a "robot cunt."
* DarkAndTroubledPast - Tracey's home life is extremely dysfunctional.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DownerEnding: There was a bit of a HopeSpot in both the book and the movie.
* FauxlosophicNarration
* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler:It is unknown whether Tracey is still searching for her brother, or if she had just lost the will to live.]]
* {{Hallucinations}} - Tracey has many fantasies, the most prominent of which involves herself and Billy Zero falling in love and becoming famous rock stars. [[spoiler: In real life, he barely pays attention to her, until the day they have sex in his car, which is "coincidentally" the same day her brother goes missing.]]
* ImagineSpot: There are quite a few parts that are these (like the "Tracy Berkowitz Story" bit). However, some are melded into the main story, adding to Tracy's status as an unreliable narrator.
* IronicEcho: In their [[Film/MouthToMouth previous collaboration]], Maxwell [=McCabe=]-Lokos who played Lance gave Page the line ''"Guys'll do that ya know. They'll act like they can protect ya, but in the end they wind up saving their own asses."''
* KidsAreCruel - Tracey's classmates, who torment her and call her "it" due to her undeveloped body, implying that she is neither male nor female.
* SanitySlippage - Even before Tracey [[spoiler:loses her brother]], she doesn't seem that mentally stable...
* SplitScreen - The entire movie is this. There are at least two "windows" into Tracey's memories open at any one time, usually many more.
* TroubledButCute - Billy Zero.
* UnreliableNarrator - Tracey's mental state is... not the best.
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''The Tracey Fragments'' is a 2007 Canadian film directed by {{Bruce McDonald}} and starring EllenPage.

Tracey Berkowitz (EllenPage) is a 15 year old girl searching for her 9-year-old brother, Sonny, who thinks he's a dog. The movie opens with her riding in the back of the bus, wrapped in a shower curtain, and explains how she got there through a series of anachronic flashbacks.

Notable for being filmed entirely in Mondrian multi-frame compositions, otherwise known as split-screen. The "fragments" of the title are literal as well as figurative.

In a interesting movie promotion tactic, the director made available all the raw footage that they shot for the movie as torrent downloads for fans to re-edit, and the best edits got released on the DVD.
----
!!This movie provides examples of:
* AllMenArePerverts - Tracey seems to hold this opinion:
-->"Men buy girls' panties. Myra Bernie told me. Girls in school like me. Unpopular girls, girls with big tits, girls with regular tits, and girls with no tits at all. The men don't even care. Panties just come out of a machine like a chocolate bar. The men take them home and cuddle them like a little kitten."
* AnachronicOrder
* {{Angst}} - Tracy has quite a bit of this.
* AttemptedRape: When Tracey is at Lance's, a thug comes into his apartment and beats him up. When he tries to rape Tracey, she slashes his face with a bottle and runs away. [[spoiler:This is how she got the shower curtain.]]
* BreakTheCutie - Comes pre-broken.
* CaliforniaDoubling - An unusual example - Hamilton and Brantford double for ''Winnipeg'', a city more accustomed to doubling for other cities.
* {{Cameo}} - [[TheHour George Stroumboulopoulos]] has a short cameo as himself.
* CountryMatters: Tracey calls her psychiatrist a "robot cunt."
* DarkAndTroubledPast - Tracey's home life is extremely dysfunctional.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DownerEnding: There was a bit of a HopeSpot in both the book and the movie.
* FauxlosophicNarration
* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler:It is unknown whether Tracey is still searching for her brother, or if she had just lost the will to live.]]
* {{Hallucinations}} - Tracey has many fantasies, the most prominent of which involves herself and Billy Zero falling in love and becoming famous rock stars. [[spoiler: In real life, he barely pays attention to her, until the day they have sex in his car, which is "coincidentally" the same day her brother goes missing.]]
* ImagineSpot: There are quite a few parts that are these (like the "Tracy Berkowitz Story" bit). However, some are melded into the main story, adding to Tracy's status as an unreliable narrator.
* IronicEcho: In their [[Film/MouthToMouth previous collaboration]], Maxwell [=McCabe=]-Lokos who played Lance gave Page the line ''"Guys'll do that ya know. They'll act like they can protect ya, but in the end they wind up saving their own asses."''
* KidsAreCruel - Tracey's classmates, who torment her and call her "it" due to her undeveloped body, implying that she is neither male nor female.
* SanitySlippage - Even before Tracey [[spoiler:loses her brother]], she doesn't seem that mentally stable...
* SplitScreen - The entire movie is this. There are at least two "windows" into Tracey's memories open at any one time, usually many more.
* TroubledButCute - Billy Zero.
* UnreliableNarrator - Tracey's mental state is... not the best.
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21st Aug '12 6:01:57 AM erforce
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* IronicEcho: In their [[Film/MouthToMouth previous collaboration]], Maxwell McCabe Lokos who played Lance gave Page the line ''"Guys'll do that ya know. They'll act like they can protect ya, but in the end they wind up saving their own asses."''

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* IronicEcho: In their [[Film/MouthToMouth previous collaboration]], Maxwell McCabe Lokos [=McCabe=]-Lokos who played Lance gave Page the line ''"Guys'll do that ya know. They'll act like they can protect ya, but in the end they wind up saving their own asses."''
21st Jun '12 1:24:27 AM SeptimusHeap
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* DownerEnding: YourMileageMayVary though. There was a bit of a HopeSpot in both the book and the movie.

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* DownerEnding: YourMileageMayVary though. There was a bit of a HopeSpot in both the book and the movie.
19th Jun '12 3:52:37 PM IncreaseBlue
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* IronicEcho: In their [[Film/MouthToMouth previous collaboration]], Maxwell McCabe Lokos who played Lance gave Page the line ''"Guys'll do that ya know. They'll act like they can protect ya, but in the end they wind up saving their own asses."''
30th Apr '11 6:46:48 PM nitroglycol01
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''The Tracey Fragments'' is a 2007 Canadian film directed by BruceMcDonald and starring EllenPage.

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''The Tracey Fragments'' is a 2007 Canadian film directed by BruceMcDonald {{Bruce McDonald}} and starring EllenPage.
30th Apr '11 6:46:25 PM nitroglycol01
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''The Tracey Fragments'' is a 2007 Canadian film starring EllenPage.

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''The Tracey Fragments'' is a 2007 Canadian film directed by BruceMcDonald and starring EllenPage.
30th Apr '11 6:41:09 PM nitroglycol01
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* CaliforniaDoubling - An unusual example - Hamilton and Brantford double for ''Winnipeg'', a city more accustomed to doubling for other cities.
15th Mar '11 11:40:27 PM Jumpingzombie
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* CountryMatters: Tracey calls her psychiatrist a "robot cunt."



* TheWoobie - Tracey herself.
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* TheWoobie - Tracey herself.
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1st Feb '11 9:36:19 PM queash
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* KidsAreCruel - Tracey's classmates, who torment her and call her "it" due to her undeveloped body, implying that she is asexual.

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* KidsAreCruel - Tracey's classmates, who torment her and call her "it" due to her undeveloped body, implying that she is asexual.neither male nor female.
25th Sep '10 4:18:58 PM reikanobutushi
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* DownerEnding: YourMileageMayVary though. There was a bit of a HopeSpot in both the book and the movie.


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* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler:It is unknown whether Tracey is still searching for her brother, or if she had just lost the will to live.]]
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