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Stories We Tell

Directed by Sarah Polley
Canada, 2012


In this inspired, genre-twisting film, Academy Award-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.

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Stories We Tell Directed by Sarah Polley
Stories We Tell that really bowled me over, not only because it fulfills the promise of Polley’s first feature Away From Her (2006), but also because it’s like a sister film in some respects to one of my continuing favourites, Françoise Romand’s mind-boggling 1985 Mix-up…Like Polley’s film, Mix-up is an artful blend of fiction and non-fiction, a therapeutic unpacking of family dysfunction via recountings and re-enactments with a novelistic density, at once playful and profound…
December 30, 2013
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By inviting others’ voices and ideas into [Polley’s] story, by representing her self, her subjectivity as distinctly “revealed in relationship,” (1) and by self-consciously laying bare her process throughout, describing and depicting her at times tentative and ambivalent methods and allowing the questions, skepticism, and contradictions coming from her interviewees into the final film, Polley envisions her theory of a choral, relational autobiography and its practice.
December 17, 2013
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A very pleasurable experience less because of Polley’s meta-fictional Investigation into Memory and The Human Condition and more because of the film’s loving portrait of an eccentric family/“family,” but I’m less interested in talking about how her father resembles Einstein and her brother has some awkward laughing fits than I am in questioning the film’s strategies.
December 06, 2013
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