Stories We Tell
Location: Bartos Screening Room
Dir. Sarah Polley. 2012, 108 mins. 35mm. In this genre-bending, deeply personal documentary, Oscar-nominated writer/director Sarah Polley discovers that the truth depends on who is telling it. Polley (Away from Her, The Sweet Hereafter) is both filmmaker and detective here, investigating the secrets kept by a family of storytellers and interviewing 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 late mother, poignant imagery that ultimately calls Polley’s own truth-telling into question. Nominated for three Cinema Eye Honors and winner of Best Director for Polley.
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