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Stories We Tell

Stories We Tell
  • 2012
  • Canada
  • 108 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Sarah Polley
  • UK release: 28 June 2013

Polley's first documentary looks inwardly at her family life, particularly at her mother who died when Polley was aged 11.

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Stories We Tell

The (whole) story of a family.

Actor and director Sarah Polley's first feature documentary is a beautifully-structured investigation into the history of her own family, in particular her mother, who died when Polley was eleven. Layering interviews with family members and friends with archive footage and a recording of her father's witty and revealing memoir, Polley builds up an enthralling collage of fact, hearsay and memory as she strives to find out the truth about her mother, and, by extension, herself.

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Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013: the breakout contenders

18 Jun 2013

Stories We Tell, Jiseul and Upstream Color are likely to be the runaway successes of EIFF 2013

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17 Jun 2013

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Stories We Tell

6 Jun 20134 stars

A warm, brave and thought-provoking piece of autobiography by Sarah Polley

The ‘we’ in question is the family of the filmmaker, Canadian performer, director and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Sarah Polley; the stories being told are the personal and - as it turns out - changeable versions of its own history that exist within and…

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