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When Jean-Luc Godard suffered a near-fatal motorcycle accident in the early ’70s, Anne-Marie Miéville helped him recuperate. Their relationship grew into a decadeslong artistic collaboration that established Miéville as an important filmmaker in her own right. The 1983 short How Can I Love (a Man When I Know He Don’t Want Me) glimpses five conversations between one woman and her various suitors as the relationships come to a close, leaving the viewer to fill in the blanks that led to the breakups. 1994’s Lou Didn’t Say No looks at the aftermath of love and loss: Lou, a filmmaker who fields calls at a depression hot line by day, is newly, happily single. Her former boyfriend Pierre, however, can’t seem to get over the relationship, lashing out at Lou’s contentment. Miéville’s films don’t offer beginnings or endings, or even what would traditionally be called a narrative. Instead, they sketch meaning between the lines that are never said between people. The films screen at 7 p.m. at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $6. (202) 783-7370. (Jason Powell)