Canadian director, Bruce McDonald, released experimental failure The Tracey Fragments in 2007 to a wealth of negative reception. He can surely be applauded for the ambitious effort, but the screen splits were more jarring than endearing. One redeeming facet of the overwrought indulgence was the presence of The Broken Social Scene’s signature bombast. For the uninitiated, BSS is Canada’s indie iteration of Wu-Tang, packed to the gills with members.
Bruce’s latest, This Movie is Broken, continues his relationship with the band. The premise is barebones and is a very loose narrative framework assembled around a Broken Social Scene concert. Boy likes girl, girl is dissinterested, boy gets girl (SPOILER ALERT). Although the proceedings aren’t entirely affecting, it functions quite well as a concert film. The end, however, features a sequence entirely out of place that almost disrupts the fun completely. Do I recommend it? Yes, if you dig the band.