In the Quebec countryside during a brutal winter, a woman and her daughter deal with a death in the family. A dark comedy oscillating between heartache and bitterness, “The Law of Averages,” directed by Elizabeth Rose with lived-in authenticity to spare, deals in the emotional pain that families unwittingly inflict on one another. It’s a smart, sharply drawn portrait of (predominately) two characters and three generations, and all the trappings of grief. In the immediate aftermath of their matriarch’s death, the surviving mother and daughter disagree on how to proceed, and as they’re joined by the rest of their family, those disagreements develop into deeper issues. Suzzy Roche (of The Roches, the legendary singing group that never got their due) is perfect as the strong-willed mother who, though overwhelmed, finds the time to admonish her daughter about eating cookies or wearing unflattering pants. For her part, Cleo (played by Lucy Kaminsky) must accept the abuse and move on, from the comments and from the recent death. Breaking out of a somber mood with harshly funny flashes, the film finds a natural balance between heavy and light, and becomes a touching family picture with a lovely final sequence featuring The Roches’ “Runs in the Family”. (14 minutes). Starring Suzzy Roche and Lucy Kaminsky. Written & Directed by Elizabeth Rose. Produced by Julia Thompson. Director of Photography Gris Jordana. Edited by Keola Racela.