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 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 messy, intense and loving tangle of contradictions.
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.
Director: Sarah Polley
Producer: Anita Lee
Country: Canada 2012
Length: 108 min
Distribution: Angel Films & DOXBIO
Sarah Polley is a Canadian multitalent; singer, film director, screenwriter, and actress (“The Sweet Hereafter”, “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen”, “Dawn of the Dead”, etc.).
As a director, Polley had her debut with the movie “Away from Her”, which won a Genie Award, and for which she was Oscar-nominated for best screenplay. The success continued with her next film “Take this Waltz”, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and Venice 2011, and which has been featured in Danish cinemas.