Stories We TellMay 18, 2013
A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.
Release Year: 2012
Rating: 7.6/10 (493 voted)
Director: Sarah Polley
In this inspired, genre-twisting new film, Oscar®-nominated writer/director Sarah Polley discovers that the truth depends on who's telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers. She playfully interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions. As each relates their version of the family mythology, present-day recollections shift into nostalgia-tinged glimpses of their mother, who departed too soon, leaving a trail of unanswered questions. Polley unravels the paradoxes to reveal the essence of family: always complicated, warmly messy and fiercely loving. Stories We Tell explores the elusive nature of truth and memory, but at its core is a deeply personal film about how our narratives shape and define us as individuals and families, all interconnecting to paint a profound, funny and poignant picture of the …
Opening Weekend: $27,053
(10 May 2013)
(10 May 2013)
Sarah Polley is one to watch
I saw this at the Canadian top Ten Film Festival at the TIFF Lightbox
in Toronto in early January of 2013. It was preceded by a "Mavericks"
Q&A featuring Director Sarah Polley with the Festival's Artistic
Director. Polley is best known in the USA as an actress in films such
as Splice. This is her third feature as director, all of which have
been chosen for the Canadian Top Ten. Even though it is a documentary
about her family, it is quite riveting, with more than a few surprises.
The interview style, camera work and narration are both innovative and
effective. One of the interviewees asked her if she has any idea what
she is doing, and she said no. After you see this, I think you will
disagree. Sarah Polley is one to watch . . . as a writer-director.