Stories We Tell

Stories We Tell

Streaming Video - 2012
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In this inspired, genre-twisting 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 behind 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 a lively, fun-loving past and the shadows just beneath. Polley unravels the paradoxes to reveal the essence of family: a complex, messy, intense and deeply loving tangle of contradictions.
Publisher: [United States] : Mongrel Media, 2012.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 109 min.)) :,sd., col.
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JCLJessecaB Mar 22, 2018

I really enjoyed this highly-stylized documentary in which the director and her family attempt to piece together their late mother's life. Along the way, they discover secrets that they each have to confront. I found this to be engaging and certainly worth a watch!

Someone else's family. I was not really that interested.

Aug 21, 2016

This quasi-documentary has one BIIIG problem - the sound is total crap. Almost everyone talks as if they have marbles in their mouths. If this item had subtitles (English, of course!) it might have redemption. As it is it was not worth watching past the 10 minute mark.

Nov 13, 2015

Couldn't get interested in this family. The film may be a great presentation of their saga, but I didn't stick around to see.

Chapel_Hill_MollyL May 22, 2015

Sarah Polley's family documentary tells the story of her childhood and reveals the mystery of her paternity in a lovely, thoughtful film. The true beating heart of the film is a character study of the man Sarah Polley calls dad.

May 11, 2015

One of the most pretentious movies I've attempted to watch in recent times, couldn't get over the first 15 min.

Apr 09, 2015

I can see how some people would feel this is a case of TMI or silliness, but if you're interested in people and relationships and family dynamics, it's a pretty fascinating and well-woven (and nutty!) story. Some of the re-enacted scenes with Polley herself are a bit forced, but I thought most of the re-created home movies were well done. Sarah Polley has some very cool people in her life.

Mar 30, 2015

I wish this site had the facility to give likes (or thumbs up/thumbs down) to other comments.

Mar 28, 2015

Just saw this yesterday. What a neat story!! Creatively told and well done. I can't wait for Sarah Polley's next project.

Mar 16, 2015

An excellent, well crafted documentary that shows the complications of life and love--and the capacity of human beings to accept each other's choices without judgment.
A good lesson for families in turmoil....

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