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Stories We Tell

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Sarah Polley

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About the Film

Inspired, inspiring, tender and touching, ‘Stories We Tell’ is a brilliant documentary portrait of a complicated yet deeply loving family from Oscar®-nominated writer/director Sarah Polley. Taking her cue from a family joke about not resembling her father, Polley sets out to uncover the truth about her mysterious mother and her own uncertain lineage. Playfully yet pointedly interrogating a cast of blood relatives and family friends, she slowly pieces together a puzzle of conflicting stories, myths and memories until she makes a discovery that will shake her family to the core. At once an exploration of the function of storytelling, the elusive nature of truth and what it means to be part of a family, ‘Stories We Tell’ is funny, profound, poignant and one of the most original films of the year.

Customer Reviews


An abstract piece of filming and story telling - totally wonderful and engrossing. This film is definatley for the 'thinking person', portraying a relatively ordinary family, with many hidden secrets. I can highly recommend watching this film/documentary. It made me also reflect on my own life and which, at times, seems fairly dull in comparison. But none of our lives are totally dull, not really, not whilst we are living it. and this is why you shoudl watch this. As the quote from Margaret Attwood at the beginning of the film says "when youre in the middle of a story it isn't a story at all, but only a confusion, a dark roaring, a blindness, a wreckage of shattred glass and splintered wood, like a house in a whirlwind or else a boat crushed by the iceberg or swept over the rapids and all aboard are powerless to stop it. Its only afterwards that it becomes anything like a stroy at all: when youre telling it to yourself or to someone else" I cannot recomend this highly enough. I loved it and now want to tell me story ! Affirming, touching and very well done.

Absorbing and surprisingly uplifting - superb!

I don't know what made me watch this tonight, but I am very glad I did. A totally different piece of filmmaking and completing absorbing. For what could have been a bitter and sad tale, the strength, compassion and warmth of those involved shows that the power of love can get you through. Now off to google for other work by Sarah Polley

GC mum alexander and daniel

Really great. My only question is what Sarah thinks?

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Stories We Tell
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  • £4.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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