Girl Flu; The Good Mind; Le Dep

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GIRL FLU dark com­edy, 92 min­utes, not rated, 3 chiles

When sixth-grader Bird ( Jade Pet­tyjohn) gets her first pe­riod in front of ev­ery­one at her new school, the unan­tic­i­pated mile­stone sends her de­cid­edly im­ma­ture mother, Jenny (Ka­tee Sack­hoff), into a ter­ri­fy­ing down­ward spi­ral in this dark com­ing-of-age com­edy. Writer/di­rec­tor Dorie Bar­ton leaves noth­ing out of Bird’s grow­ing sense of hu­mil­i­a­tion — she bleeds on white pants and bed­sheets, has cramps and (painfully hi­lar­i­ous) mood swings, and re­acts to the en­tire sit­u­a­tion with hor­ri­fied anger, hos­tile to grow­ing up against her will. Jenny, who can­not have a con­ver­sa­tion with­out first tak­ing a hit off a joint, is un­able to help Bird un­der­stand what is happening to her and how to man­age it with­out break­ing into laugh­ter or get­ting up­set when her mea­ger at­tempts at com­fort don’t work. Girl Flu does not come to­gether as seam­lessly as it could have, per­haps due to the in­clu­sion of too many mi­nor char­ac­ters, but ev­ery per­for­mance is nu­anced and gen­uinely mov­ing. Girl Flu does not flinch from ex­am­in­ing the in­ti­ma­cies of a girl’s life. It may be off-putting to some male view­ers, but it will be in­stan­ta­neously re­lat­able for most women. — J.L. Vi­o­let Crown, 5:30 p.m. Thurs­day, Oct. 20; 5 p.m. Oct. 21; 3 p.m. Oct. 22

THE GOOD MIND doc­u­men­tary, 68 min­utes, not rated, 3 chiles

“When the Peace­maker was talk­ing to our na­tions down at Onondaga Lake, where they formed the first re­ally demo­cratic gov­ern­ment, they placed the women in charge of the Earth and the wa­ter and the men in charge of fire and said, ‘Work to­gether for the com­mon good.’ ” Oren Lyons, “Faith­keeper” in the coun­cil of chiefs of the Onondaga, says this in Gwen­dolen Cates’ film about the Hau­denosaunee (Iro­quois) Con­fed­er­acy. “If the good minds pre­vail, peace pre­vails.” Cates of­fers a mul­tidi­men­sional por­trait of a peo­ple who not only serve as a model democ­racy but were also an in­spi­ra­tion for the democ­racy in the newly formed United States fol­low­ing the Revo­lu­tion­ary War. But in spite of a treaty rat­i­fied in 1795, the tribes have been re­duced to liv­ing on a frac­tion of their one­time lands, and their revered Onondaga Lake is heav­ily con­tam­i­nated with in­dus­trial waste. Through a series of in­ter­views, we learn the story of these peo­ple, who in­vented and ex­cel at the sport of lacrosse; re­jected the Cit­i­zen­ship Act in 1924; cre­ated their own pass­port; and are cam­paign­ing not for lands to be re­stored but merely for an ad­mis­sion that they were il­le­gally taken. — Paul Wei­de­man Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts, 12:30 p.m. Thurs­day, Oct. 20; 10 a.m. Oct. 22; 2:30 p.m. Oct. 23

LE DEP drama, 77 min­utes, in French and Innu with sub­ti­tles, not rated, 3.5 chiles

We’re at a con­ve­nience store in a ru­ral First Na­tions com­mu­nity in Que­bec. It’s win­ter, snowy bleak out­side, and here comes a mostly drunk In­dian want­ing to buy some cheap beer. Ly­dia (Eve Ringuette), the store­keeper, is an­noyed that the em­ployee who was sup­posed to re­lieve her has flaked out — again. She deals with the drunk, but her next vis­i­tor isn’t so easy: It’s a holdup. The ski-masked in­vader, edgy with crack, sticks a gun in Ly­dia’s face and re­peat­edly de­mands money, but about two min­utes in, she re­al­izes the rob­ber is her younger brother, PA (Charles Buck­ell Robert­son), who is des­per­ate be­cause he owes a drug dealer, big-time. Then film­maker So­nia Boileau then turns the story in­ward, and we dis­cover, through their di­a­logue, what hap­pened to these two as they were grow­ing up with drunk­ard par­ents. An in­tense flash­back se­quence de­tails lit­tle PA’s child­hood hor­rors. Boileau fash­ions a thor­oughly be­liev­able at­mos­phere; Buck­ell-Robert­son gives a wrench­ing per­for­mance; and Ringuette is mes­mer­iz­ing in her quiet poise. — P.W. Vi­o­let Crown, 11 a.m. Thurs­day, Oct. 20; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22

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