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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 ... Written by
The National Film Board of Canada
Himself - Storyteller:
When you're in the middle of a story, it isn't a story at all but rather a confusion, a dark roaring, a blindness, a wreckage of shattered glass and splintered wood, like a house in a whirlwind or else a boat crushed by the icebergs or swept over the rapids, and all aboard are powerless to stop it. It's only afterwards that it becomes anything like a story at all, when you're telling it to yourself or someone else.
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Arduous repetition - the same people saying the same thing - just differently is exhausting - felt like I was running a marathon with an injury really. Self reflection in the "stories we tell" about ourselves through song, dance and in this case documentary film can actually interest and at best inspire someone but one must know the fine line between telling a personal story and extreme self-indulgence. Too bad, because if it was summarized effectively (i.e. it could have been a 75-80 minute documentary without losing its value) then I would have left remembering that Polley has a unique ability to capture a holistic autobiography creatively on film. But the junk mileage extending it to 110 minutes left me very tired and underwhelmed.
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