Skip to main content
The Braid film image

The Braid

This event has passed

North American Premiere

Laetitia Colombani’s assured adaptation of her own best-selling novel weaves together three stories of female struggle and perseverance across three continents. It begins, bracingly, in India, with Smita (Mia Maelzer) an “untouchable”, literally shoveling human excrement. In Puglia, Italy, Giulia (Fotina Puluso) is a confident, bookish young woman trying to keep her father’s wig business afloat after he goes into a coma. And, ascending several more social strata, in Montreal, Sarah (Kim Raver) is a successful lawyer on the verge of a senior partnership, trying to cover up an ill-timed cancer diagnosis.

Colombani cuts between these three determined, sometimes reckless women, tracking echoes and parallels as well as the obvious contrasts between their relative affluence and privilege. The film doesn’t editorialize on that score, but implies that what counts is setting your own goals rather than conforming to social expectations. This is an attractive, well-acted movie with a strong emotional pay-off and a fine score by Nomadland composer Ludovico Einaudi.


Community Partner


Mia Maelzer, Sajda Pathan, Nehpal Gautam, Danish Iqbal, Jyoti Dalit

Country of Origin







In English, Italian and Hindi with English subtitles

Film Contact
120 min
Drama Women Directors

Book Tickets

This event has passed.


Executive Producer

Christine De Jekel


Olivier Delbosc, Marc Missonnier, Richard Lalonde, Nicola Giuliano, Francesa Cima, Carlotta Calori, Viola Prestieri, Deborah Benattar


Laetitia Colombani, Sarah Kaminsky


Ronald Plante


Albertine Lastera

Original Music

Ludovico Einaudi


Laetitia Colombani headshot

Laetitia Colombani

Laetitia Colombani is a multi-faceted woman : an actress in a dozen feature movies, a writer of internationally successful books and a director and screenwriter of short films and 3 features, including He Love Me, He Loves Me Not, starring Audrey Tautou (2002). As an actress, she has appeared in Cedric Kahn’s Fete de famille (2019) and Yvan Attal’s Les Choses Humaines (2021). The Braid is the first of her novels to be translated into English.

Filmography: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (2002); Mes stars et moi (2008)

Missing VIFF? Check out what's playing at the VIFF Centre

Concrete Poetry + Arthur Erickson's Dyde House

In this program we pair two of the best documentaries about Arthur Erickson: Michelle Smolkin's 2002 profile for the CBC, Concrete Poetry, and Colin Waugh's recent Arthur Erickson's Dyde House, an insightful look at one of his earliest designs.

VIFF Centre - Lochmaddy Studio Theatre VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

Mars Express

A Gallic Ghost in the Shell, updated to reflect the implications of developments in AI, Jérémie Périn's breathless scifi murder mystery constructs outer worlds with spectacle and wit.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre


A requiem for futures long forgotten, Theo Montoyo's heartbreaking film is a portrait of his queer community in Medellin, Colombia. It's a non-fiction account of a movie Montoyo embarked on nearly ten years ago, a ghost story in more ways than one.

VIFF Centre - Lochmaddy Studio Theatre

The Lost Okoroshi

The last film in Fegor Obuwoma's series, to glimpse... African Cinema Now, The Lost Okoroshi is a surrealist comedy about a security guard in Lagos who finds himself transformed one morning into a mute purple spirit...

VIFF Centre - Lochmaddy Studio Theatre
Nobody Wants to Talk About Jacob Appelbaum
Nobody Wants to Talk About Jacob Appelbaum film image

Nobody Wants to Talk About Jacob Appelbaum

Is Jacob Appelbaum a hero, or a villain? An abuser, or a victim? A truth-teller, or a paranoid narcissist? Once the heir apparent to Julian Assange at WikiLeaks, he's now considered persona non grata. But what if the charges against him are false...?

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

Les Filles du Roi

Corey Payette's rousing microbudget musical (adapted from the Urban Ink stage production he cowrote with Julie McIsaac) chronicles the friendship between a seventeenth century French woman and a Mohawk trader and his sister.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre VIFF Centre - Lochmaddy Studio Theatre