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Inspired by some of the girls Flemish director Patrice Toye met while making a short documentary, Rosie is the tale of a smart, overimaginative 13-year-old who turns to sex and troublemaking to compensate for her meager relationship with her young, irresponsible mother. Tensions increase when both mother and daughter—non-actress Aranka Coppens in a performance called “irresistible” by the organizers of the 1998 Toronto Film Festival—find new boyfriends. Emulating such diverse filmmakers as Ken Loach and Terrence Malick, Toye has made a stark film characterized by wan color and vivid emotion. Toye is the first Flemish Belgian woman ever to direct a feature, so it’s fitting that what she’s tried to accomplish is expressed in a Flemish word she deems untranslatable: waarachtig, which means something like the poetic truth that trumps mere reality. At 8 p.m. at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s Ring Auditorium, 7th and Independence Avenue SW. Free. (202) 357-2700. (MJ)