Adapted from a novel of the same name, the film is an experimental drama. The story is interesting conceptually and the director takes on the task of displaying the story in fragments which is a truly bold move. That alone makes the film more interesting & in many ways realistic because memories tend to come in fragments especially when one feels desperate, scattered and lost. The film goes back and forth between memories, dream sequences, heightened memories that are supposed to play out like conversations she has with her consciousness. The story is about a 15 year old Canadian girl named Tracey Horowitz, she is an insecure loner that has a huge crush on a "cool" boy in school. We find her covered only in a blanket riding the back of a public bus talking to the audience watching the film. She starts to tell her story. One day she is asked to take care of her younger brother Sonny, she loses him & is now traumatized from the event. She can't process losing her brother nor forgive herself.
Ellen Page does an amazing job creating Tracey Horowitz for the audience, Ellen Page creates a brave portrayal of Tracey Horowitz. She manages to dominante the line of insecure youth, vulnerability with desparation and insanity. Her performance of the character. Her performance is brilliant and carries the film, because the film isn't displayed coherently. We look at Tracey as a girl that made an horribly innocent mistake the truth is revealed later. The problem with the film is that the non liner fragmented direction makes the film difficult to follow and in some ways can seem annoying. This can also make the film come off as pretentious.