¿ NO LULLABY
(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.