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Stories We Tell

October 12, 2012 | 1h 48m

Genre

Documentary

Director

Sarah Polley

Cast

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

Producer

Anita Lee, Silva Basmajian

Writer

Sarah Polley

Synopsis

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.

Awards

  • 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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