¿ NO LUL­LABY

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(He­len Si­mon, Ger­many). 72 min­utes. Subti­tled. Rat­ing: NNNN Wound­ing in its de­pic­tion of re­gret, sad­ness and con­fu­sion, No Lul­laby com­pletely avoids grand­stand­ing and ex­ploita­tion while ex­plor­ing the scars left be­hind by con­nected cases of sex­ual abuse.

Since her early teens, Tina was re­peat­edly raped and hu­mil­i­ated by her fa­ther. She never talked about it to any­one. She also never ex­pected her own daugh­ter, Floh (who com­mit­ted sui­cide in 2007 at the age of 30), would also be sex­u­ally abused by the same man.

Told through Tina’s tear­ful rec­ol­lec­tions, a talk with Floh’s girl­friend and un­com­fort­ably spe­cific court tran­scripts, it’s a hard film to take (with a painful, in­cen­di­ary con­clu­sion), but one brim­ming with em­pa­thy for those in­volved in such hor­ri­ble tragedies. AP Apr 30, 9: 45 pm, Sco­tia­bank The­atre 7; May 1, 4 pm, ROM The­atre; May 4, 2 pm, Sco­tia­bank The­atre 3.

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