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Stories We Tell

In this inspired, genre-twisting documentary, writer/director Sarah Polley ("Away From Her") 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.

Year: 2012
Genre: Documentaries, Biography, Film Festivals 2013, 2014
Country: Canada
Director: Sarah Polley
Duration: 108 Minutes
Rating: M - Offensive language
7.6/10
Location in store: Documentary (Biographies)

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