Stories We Tell

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Stories We Tell
Stories We Tell

It’s the same in every family. Everyone remembers differently. You might have a clear memory of being a kid and your sister jumping on your stomach till you threw up; but she swears it was the other way round. The way families tell their stories with totally different meanings is at the heart of this beautiful and funny doc by Canadian actress-filmmaker Sarah Polley (who directed Michelle Williams in ‘Take This Waltz’). She was 11 when her mum Diane died of cancer. Growing up, everyone joked that Sarah looked nothing like her dad, and she also heard rumours that her mum had fallen in love with another man. Nosing around, she digs up a secret.

That makes ‘Stories We Tell’ sound like one of those ‘me-me-me’ films where a celeb goes off in search of their roots. It’s not. Polley sits down with family and friends and asks them each to tell the story of her mum from the start. Everyone has a different story. I found myself holding my breath listening to them talk. The story twists like a thriller.


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Release date:
Friday June 28 2013
109 mins

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Everyone recommended this film to me so I was surprised not to be as gripped as them.

Really beautifully edited together each 'characters' series of events weaves it's way through the next persons building up a sort of blurry picture of the past. It is interesting but I can't help feeling the film would have been much better with a slightly more scandalous family at the story's core, although I know the appeal to many who recommended it is the re-telling of a average family secret. 

Very calming watch but not the edge of the seat thriller I'd hoped for!