AKA: Brand Upon the Brain! A Remembrance in 12 Chapters
Directed by: Guy Maddin
Starring: Sullivan Brown (Young Guy), Katherine E. Scharhon (Wendy/Chance), Maya Lawson (Sister), Gretchen Krich (Mother), Erik Steffen Maahs (Older Guy), Todd Jefferson Moore (Father)
Narrated by: Isabella Rossellini
Language: Silent. Narration – English (Optional Eng Subs)
Genres: Bizarre-Surreal, CrossDressing, Girl-on-girl, Childhood, Old-Young, Incest, Domestic Abuse, Cannibalism
Plot – Spoilers:
On a bleak island somewhere, Father and Mother live with their kids – Guy and Sis – and a whole bunch of orphaned children. The island has a lighthouse which Mother uses like a torch to shine a keen watch on errant kids. Then a detective Wendy appears on the island to investigate strange holes that have been drilled into the backs of the children’s necks.
But this isn’t a film based on some teen-detective novel with fantasy themes and evil grownups. It’s rather the surreal memories of Guy as he revisits the island decades later, following a childhood of abuse. There’s also Wendy who crossdresses into her twin brother to seduce Guy’s sister, old age that lusts for and harvests youth, and above all, a lost love that Guy still pines for, years later, set to mesmerizing music.
If you’re not in the mood for the surreal, you will probably be bored by Brand Upon The Brain and throw it a 1-star rating. But if the mood’s right, this can be one of your more rewarding experiences on here.