A space in a continuous confrontation between good and evil. A story where witchcraft rituals and demonic invocations are recurring practice. A fairy-tale? A sort of. So, is there a happy-end? Not really. But ‘True Story‘ is not a fairy tale like any other, since it overlaps the pre-existing conventions, rendering the tragedy of a mother who, like the queens grieving the absence of a child from the well-known stories of the Brothers Grimm, risk condemning her own daughter to a marginal existence, because of a bizarre malformation the little baby was born with. Thus, the sacrifice and the struggle to achieve normality become the main goals by which the protagonist of the short film directed by Amine Lakhnech tries to face the whims of an unjust fate. In fact, beyond the rather simplistic structures of a fairy-tale-like narrative, good and evil represent in this fascinating cinematic project some interchangeable poles, since the great mainstay of the director consists precisely in the relativization of these totally antagonistic principles, illustrating the human inability to understand these extremes in their attempt to defeat the barriers of everyday existence. Where does the good start? Where the evil ends, some would say. But such a perspective is too limited to understand the soul mechanics of these characters who, in a monochrome universe, are vainly trying to discern the light and the darkness or the angels and the demons. Thus, the spectacular fictional world created by Amine Lakhnech is populated by magicians and shamans, priests and demonic spectres, purity and ugliness, in a game of shrill contrasts that are rendered through a hallucinatory imagery where the experimental dose becomes a coordinating principle of the whole epic evolution.
After her daughter is born with a strange malformation that prevents her from having a normal life, Wahida tries to find a solution to save the little girl from social repugnance. But conventional solutions, even if they go beyond the scientific area, entering the field of shamanic rituals, seem useless. Despair pushes the grieving mother to invoke, with the help of an occult book, the dark forces. Will such a decision succeed in establishing the personal good of the unhappy victim?