A mother and child are connected by a red thread. As the years go by, the thread stays the same, even as the relationship between the two changes. At the end of the film, the daughter has her own child, and the pattern begins anew. This powerful film uses the symbol metaphor of the red thread to explore the social and emotional bonds that bind family members. This can be used to consider a more general understanding of society as interdependent upon the resilient connections between peoples, places, and persons. Norwegian animator Torill Kove uses a clean animation style to express these themes in a warm and surprisingly intimate way. Viewers aged 12-15 years old will find the premise of the film compelling as a catalyst to discuss their own lives and the roles played by social bonds and familial ties in setting them out into the world. How much can we really see ourselves as independent?