22 minutes / Ages 13+ / 2008 / Canada / Average:
A surreal thriller about a man who forgot he was terrorized by guilt
Fragments is a surreal thriller about a man who was so intensely terrorized by guilt that he was driven mad, and eventually his mind erased all traces of the event in order to relieve himself of the agony brought on by his remorse. The film is an exploration of this man’s memory as he begins to recall it after stumbling upon evidence of the incident by chance in his home. His recollection of what happened is nonsensical at first, as the images that come rushing back to are fractured and out of place, but as all the pieces fall into place he discovers what burden in his past was so terrible, his mind forced him to forget the whole thing ever happened. Equal parts ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ and ‘Inland Empire’ Fragments is an unsettling and intellectually stimulating film experience.