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Stories We Tell

(DVD - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Stories We Tell


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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 interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions.
Title: Stories we tell
[videorecording]
Publisher: [United States] :, Lionsgate,, [2013]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: True/False Film Fest entry, 200
True/False Film Festival.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2012.
Summary: 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 interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions.
Audience: Rating PG-13 for thematic elements involving sexuality, brief strong language and smoking.
Local Note: 1 2
Branch Call Number: DVD 306.85 STO
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Report This Apr 20, 2014
  • Old_Toto rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Did she or did she not? Is he really her father or is he not? The popularity of this movie clearly demonstrates how many of us can't take our eyes and ears away from sophomoric gossip as a determined daughter seeks more information regarding her biological parents. Does any family not have secrets? Nothing here for children or even teens to enjoy.

Report This Apr 18, 2014
  • Cassini_s_Home rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Brave & brilliant

Report This Jan 17, 2014
  • booksmaht rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing narrative. Even if you think you already know the story, you don't.

Report This Jan 04, 2014
  • JoannaWright rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Narcissistic and dull, and no - the quote "the truth depends on who's telling it" doesn't relate at all to this movie. There were no conflicting versions of events, and very few events were even explored. It was pretty much just a character study of a Toronto stage actress who died about 30 years ago, and not a very in-depth one at that. Well crafted, though.

Report This Dec 30, 2013
  • ms_mustard rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sarah Polley tells a very personal story - getting conflicting versions from her family and family friends. The biology becomes clear, the psychology remains muddied.

Report This Nov 18, 2013
  • beckythecat1 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This is a boring, dull movie made by a "family" of wanttabe film stars. I can not believe that we watched almost 90% of it. Not at all like the review. Do not waste your time with this film!

Report This Oct 18, 2013
  • mmg2681 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this movie from the get-go. I didnt know what to expect, but I love when REAL LIFE is shown in a movie, and this was definitely real life for this family. What a great story, and I liked seeing that this family is not afraid to seek and speak the truth of their family history. A great movie.

Report This Aug 01, 2013
  • KateHillier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This film is extraordinary. Partly because it's true but also because it's fascinating to see how the story changes depending on who is telling it. Also the power or rumour and conjecture in the whole thing. There's no way to know for sure how things exactly played out and what was said but it's amazing to see how it all fits together and comes about full circle by the end. Wonderful filmmaking and bonus points for Sarah Polley's bravery in telling this story - whatever it exactly is.

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Report This Aug 08, 2013
  • libguy_1 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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