Stories We Tell (DVD)

Sarah Polley

Stories We Tell (DVD)
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Stories We Tell (DVD)

Sarah Polley

Academy Award nominee Sarah Polley’s extraordinary Stories We Tell is a deeply moving portrait of a family dealing with a legacy of secrets and lies, and the elusive nature of truth itself.

Stories We Tell
unpeels the complex life of Diane, an aspiring actress and mother, and the shockwaves that a series of impulsive actions unleash on her children, husband and community.

With this groundbreaking new feature that seamlessly blends past and present, the real and the imagined, Polley’s characteristically unflinching yet compassionate gaze delivers a level of depth and emotion only hinted at by her acclaimed earlier directorial works, Away From Her and Take This Waltz.

Review

Canadian writer and director Sarah Polley has created a tender and unforgettable love letter to her parents with this documentary, a pastiche of dramatised retellings and ‘home videos’, genuine archive footage and intimate testimonies that explore the unreliability of memory and the act of storytelling. Rather than follow a linear narrative, the design of the film is closer to that of an onion; the story is peeled layer by layer, and in this manner, Sarah’s search is less one for ‘the truth’ as a definitive conclusion, but rather a way to allow for conflicting truths to co-exist. The result is astonishingly moving.

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