TOTO AND HIS SIS­TERS

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(Alexander Nanau, Ro­ma­nia). 93 min­utes. Rat­ing: NNNNN When their mother is jailed for drug traf­fick­ing, 10-year- old Toto and his two teenaged sis­ters scram­ble to sur­vive on their own in this dev­as­tat­ing slice of poverty- stricken life.

Alexander Nanau cap­tures the kids’ re­la­tion­ships with each other and their drug­gie un­cles – who, tes­ti­mony to the power of ad­dic­tion, blithely shoot up be­side Toto in bed while the cam­eras are rolling – as well as their en­coun­ters with so­cial ser­vices.

Turns out Toto may have some tal­ent as a dancer, but Nanau is more in­ter­ested in tem­per­ing hope with des­per­a­tion. The last shot is killer.

Apr 24, 9:45 pm, ROM; Apr 25, 4:30 pm, Sco­tia­bank 4; May 1, 9 pm, Sco­tia­bank 7

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