‘When you wake up do your dreams go to sleep?’
Braid is a 2018 American horror feature film written and directed by Mitzi Peirone (Chaosmos short). The Wandering Bard/Somnia Productions movie stars Madeline Brewer, Scott Cohen, Sarah Hay and Imogen Waterhouse.
Lifelong best friends Petula and Tilda make ends meet by dealing drugs in Manhattan. Then a random bust leaves them with no choice but to flee town. Their hideout? The mansion of childhood friend Daphne, an agoraphobic heiress who teeters on the edge of sanity.
At first, entertaining Daphne’s playful world of make-believe is a breeze. However, they soon realise Daphne’s mental state is more wildly disturbed…
It’s a disturbing film to be sure, but it never goes too far over the edge to become gratuitous. With some big reveals and twists in the finale, it’s possible that Braid will lose some people, but I thought the twists fit nicely in the bizarre ride we were on, where there were no preconceived notions that this would end in any sort of sane conclusion.” Adam Patterson, Film Pulse
“If I was being kind I’d say Braid needed a bit more thinking through so that some of the impressive imagery had a greater impact by being in the context of an actual plot. If I was being unkind I’d say it was a load of pretentious old bollocks.” John Llewellyn Probert, House of Mortal Cinema
Writer-director Mitzi Peirone evokes a clutch of films from the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, featuring wild children, old dark houses, nasty games, sex and drugs, and hothouse huis clos situations … Her revival of the precise look of these films in terms of costume and lighting is as striking as Anna Biller’s use of a similar style in The Love Witch.” The Kim Newman Web Site
” …a visually ravishing fever dream of psychological manipulation, pathological role play and fairytale horror as the three women scurry around the decaying halls of a once ostentatious abode […] A sensory blend of early Roman Polanski (particularly Repulsion and Cul de Sac) with Sofia Coppola’s tales of female entrapment and isolation…” James Marsh, Screen Anarchy
“Attention is that of a fragrance ad (black and white lensing one minute) and music video seduction (starbursts of color the next) slamming together in some Harmony Korine purgatory, but musical accompaniment pushes forward as to never drop energy (street trash trance bangers; backdoor club sexy). It sounds chaotic, but Peirone‘s witches’ brew of parentless dress-up and caged-bird torture intoxicates like forbidden fruit.” Matt Donato, Slash Film
“Braid is full of shots of dolls, dollhouses, and other children’s toys. It’s hard to care about its full-sized participants when they, too, are treated like collectibles – Peirone seems more interested in her actors’ superfluously ever-changing dress and hairstyles than she does in giving them dimensionalized characters.” Dennis Harvey, Variety