(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