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Stories We Tell

October 12, 2012 | 1h 48m




Sarah Polley


Pixie Bigelow, Sarah Polley, Michael Polley, Susy Buchan, Geoffrey Bowes, John Buchan, Rebecca Jenkins


Anita Lee, Silva Basmajian


Sarah Polley


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.


  • Nominee for the 2013 Critics' Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature
  • Sarah Polley Nominee for the 2013 Directors Guild of America Award for Documentary
  • Sarah Polley Winner for the 2012 Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Rogers Best Canadian Film Award Finalists
  • Sarah Polley Winner for the 2014 Writers Guild of America Award for Documentary Screenplay
  • Winner for the 2012 Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Allan King Documentary Award
  • Winner for the 2013 National Board of Review Award for Best Documentary
  • Winner for the 2013 New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Non-Fiction Film (Documentary)

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