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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]
Published: [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
Branch Call Number: DVD 306.85 STO
Statement of Responsibility: producers, Anita Lee, Silva Basmajian ; writer, Sarah Polley ; director, Sarah Polley
Credits: Director, Sarah Polley.
Performers: John Buchan, Tom Butler, Pixie Bigelow, Deirdre Bowen, Geoffrey Bowes, Susy Buchan.
System Details: DVD, widescreen presentation; 5.1 Dolby digital.
Other Language: English dialogue; English or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.
Subject Headings: Families Video recordings. Communication in families Video recordings. Storytelling Psychological aspects Video recordings.
Genre/Form: Documentary films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Topical Term: Families
Communication in families
Storytelling
TrueFalse Film Fest film.
Publisher No: 43732
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Oct 13, 2014
  • xaipe rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A beautiful story told from multiple points of view. It tries to reconstruct the past to solve a "mystery" of paternity (yes, it does answer this question with the results of a DNA test). I envied this family its love for all its members, its capacity for acceptance of everyone's differences, its forgiveness and lack of resentments or judgments for their failures and differences. A bit of a slow start, but as it builds, it reveals the elusiveness and uncertainties of memory and the essence of what a family really means. Some but not all of the "home movie" footages are really reconstructions using actors as the credits reveal.

Aug 05, 2014
  • COURIER3 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

LOTS OF HOME MOVIE FOOTAGE.
NOT A VERY INTERESTING STORY ABOUT A FAMILY OF SIBLINGS.OVER RATED. YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO GUESS WHO THE REAL FATHER WAS OF THE DAUGHTER????

Jul 28, 2014
  • svv001 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Who was her father?! These last few seconds made me laugh. Very good story

An intriguing study of human dynamics!. The film offers insight into a nunber of personality types. It shows how each of us harbours our own "truths" about events that happen in our lives. I agree with the other comment that suggested Sarah was very brave to tell such a personal and compelling story in the way it is presented. If you are a student of the human condition, this is a great film to watch.

Jul 10, 2014
  • Perspots rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

An ingeniously reconstructed look at collective memory and familial love.

Jun 11, 2014
  • Wizards_CastlesAndBells rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Really honest memoir story of a young woman's mother and the discovery of her father. Beautifully told and with high aesthetic filmography.

May 27, 2014
  • Sunnchilde rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It was very brave for Sarah to tell this story. This is deeply personal, yet she tells it in as an unbiased and open-minded way she can. IS this man her father, or is he not? The fallout to this question (and the surrounding details) will have real repercussions in her real life. We should feel honored that she cares enough about being a storyteller to tell us any of this. What happens when you tell a real story about the people you love? No one is perfect, we all have things that we would like to hide and in the end, these are the people you have to spend the holidays with for the rest of your life. How will airing this (in public no less) effect them? In the end, I think this story is a celebration of her mother's life. Her mother perhaps not as "perfect" but as she actually was. How we all are. Human.

May 19, 2014
  • pinky0203 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An interesting video about how family members can remember common stories in different ways......

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.

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

Brave & brilliant

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

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