Archive for August, 2012

Stories We Tell

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

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Release Year: 2012

Country: Canada

Runtime: 108 min

Languages: English

Director: Sarah Polley



Cast: Pixie Bigelow
Deirdre Bowen
Geoffrey Bowes
John Buchan
Susy Buchan
Tom Butler
Andrew Church
Peter Evans
Justin Goodhand
Cathy Gulkin
Harry Gulkin
Alex Hatz
Rebecca Jenkins
Robert Macmillan
Victoria Mitchell


Plot: In this inspired, genre-twisting new film, OscarĀ®-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 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 … Written by The National Film Board of Canada