The film, sponsored by Seattle's non-profit The Film Company, takes place on an island inhabited by "Guy" and his family, who run an orphanage. Guy's mother is an overbearing and needy woman who is always taking him away from what he wants to do, his sister is a bother to him, and his father is a recluse who is always doing some sort of strange scientific experimentation. One day, a young woman named Wendy, and her brother Chance, arrive on the island. They're "teen detectives" in the vein of The Hardy Boys, and their trying to find out the secrets of the Orphanage. Guy falls for Wendy, and Sis, Guy's sister, falls for Chance, but Wendy has her eye on Sis. When Chance leaves, unexpectedly, Wendy dresses up as Chance, and tries to gain Sis's affections, while Guy develops a man-crush on Chance, because he's so cool. I'm not really sure how to describe the film in a way that gives more clue to the plot.
Brand is a great film, if you are already a fan of Maddin. If your not, I would HIGHLY suggest that you watch something a little bit more accessible before you check out this one. Maddin uses his trademark silent film/soviet agit-prop style to bring the story to life, and his style is as strong as ever. The film is interesting, but, honestly, if you try and figure out the "auto-biographical" aspects of it, I think you might spend an hour and a half frustrating yourself. If its auto-biographical, it is obliquely so.
I've always liked Maddin, but I have to say that this film is for fan's only.