The movie: Tracey Berkowitz is looking for her younger brother Sonny, who thinks he’s a dog. The movie tells the story of fifteen-year-old Tracey traipsing through the city’s dark slums, encountering sketchy figures, in sessions with her shrink and dealing with adolescence until she ends up on a bus wearing nothing but a shower curtain. Ellen Page takes the lead in this Bruce McDonald-directed non-linear montage, released pre-Juno in Canada, post-Juno in the States. Though grossing only barely more than $40,000 worldwide, it’s one of my favourite movies: daring visually and challenging narratively.
The soundtrack: What better fit for an angsty Canadian indie film than angsty Canadian indie music? Well, sort of. The 11-track soundtrack features a small handful of artists: Broken Social Scene, Duchess Says, The Deadly Snakes, FemBots, Rose Melburg and (also starring in the movie) Slim Twig. What makes this soundtrack so great isn’t only that it’s in keeping with the homegrown feel of the movie, but it’s also sets the mood perfectly throughout, sometimes pulsing and pounding, sometimes soft and airy.
- “Horses” by Broken Social Scene
- “Who’s Gonna Know Your Name” by Fembots
- “Each New Day” by Rose Melburg
- “Ccut Up” by Duchess Says
“Horses” by Broken Social Scene