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Stories We Tell

1h 48m Documentary 2012

Actor turned director Sarah Polley investigates a long-held family secret in this absorbing personal documentary.

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.

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.

“A poignant, funny and engrossing film, challenging our notions of memory and family mythology. ” ~ USA Today.


Sarah Polley





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