AND ME

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(Lena Macdon­ald, Canada). 58 min­utes. Rat­ing: NNNN Lena Macdon­ald’s in­ti­mate and un­flinch­ing look at her own mother (and in turn her­self) is a raw and deeply felt doc, where a clear nar­ra­tive arc is a lost cause since we’re deal­ing with crack ad­dic­tion. There are plenty of dark days and even some hope­ful ones, re­cov­er­ies and re­lapses, all in a repet­i­tive spin like the tor­nado that is Macdon­ald’s mother, Har­riet.

If you fre­quent the Sher­bourne and Dun­das area, you might even rec­og­nize Har­riet. She would cat­a­pult through the streets look­ing for a place to ei­ther sleep or score. There are sev­eral mo­ments when Macdon­ald roams that cor­ner look­ing for Har­riet, her re­silient af­fec­tion shap­ing the film, com­pelling us to see a woman we might oth­er­wise choose to avoid. RS Apr 30, 7 pm, Sco­tia­bank 10; May 2, 5 pm, Sco­tia­bank 10/ 11

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