‘The Braid’ is a contemporary fairy tale, taking their typical structure (for example, ‘Hansel and Gretel’) and shifting the story to our time and period, and the all too real stories of locked-up children, current witchcraft, toxic mothers, madness and the redistribution of information to bring about intrigue. Told from Alselmo’s point of view, the story touches on themes such as the helplessness of children, broken childhoods, imprisonment, abuse and the madness of toxic, narcissist and cruel parents. In clear contrast to these themes, the fraternity between siblings, reason and intuition, courage and the desire to live appear as forces to overcome the most adverse situations.
The story treats fantasy and terror, with ghosts, witchcraft, spells, bindings, black magic, haunted houses, mystery and deduction, metamorphosis… The tone of the film changes according to the protagonist’s perception. At first the room has a certain dreamlike baroque quality, like a doll’s house. Yet when he wakes up from the spell he finds a more raw and realistic room.