Stories We Tell

Release October 12, 2012 (Limited)
Cast Pixie Bigelow, Deirdre Bowen, Geoffrey Bowes, John Buchan, Susy Buchan
Director Sarah Polley
Writer Sarah Polley
Genres Documentary
Studio Roadside Attractions/Mongrel Media
Length 108 mins.

Synopsis

In this inspired 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 larger human story.

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