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Late Fragment 

Daryl Cloran, Anita Doron, Mateo Guez


Late Fragment
Directed by: Daryl Cloran, Anita Doron, Mateo Guez
(Mongrel Media)
Sometimes stripper Theo (Jeffrey Parazzo) surprises his girlfriend with birthday cake; sometimes he bleeds on her from his self-inflicted wounds. One time, he kidnapped his former molester at gunpoint. All these events---and more!---take place, non-chronologically, in Canadian-made Late Fragment, an "interactive film." Bored by Theo's story and his often-prominent penis? Get interactive and click your remote. Your magic DVD will take you randomly to another scene in the movie, which also features the lame and equally non-chronological tales of bland murderer Kevin (Michael Healey) and grieving Faye (Krista Bridges), whose husband was killed by her daughter. All this is thinly tied together by scenes set at a restorative justice meeting, where former murderers and victims (including the three leads) attempt to find catharsis. Unsurprisingly, Late Fragment's an annoying, bizarre mess. The film's impossible to pause, and if you skip a clip and want to return to it, you have to click---and click and click---until it shows back up. Sure, it's interesting to watch some of the combinations the scenes end up in by the time you're in your fifth (or 20th) click-through. But a film that lacks clear directorial vision can never really become more than a self-indulgent art project.
--Lindsay McCarney

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