Stories We Tell

(DVD - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Stories We Tell
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.
Published: [United States] : Lionsgate, [2013]
Branch Call Number: DVD 306.85 STO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Dec 31, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Narrated by her father (I think), Sarah Polley’s self-indulgent pseudo-documentary sets out to dish some dirt on her late mother, a somewhat scattered Bohemian who precipitated a family scandal which still has tongues wagging years later. Using fake home movies and a stable of talking heads, Polley tries to address the often subjective nature of truth, memory, and identity, and how they impact objective reality. Or something like that. All I saw was a long tedious airing of someone else’s dirty laundry. Too . . . much . . . information.

Dec 05, 2014
  • angel_heart rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This is not appropriate for kids. The story is about a woman who married this man on the premise that his real personality was that of one he played on a stage. When she failed to get to know him before marriage. She became disillusioned that she could not get the constant attention she craved. She seeked it though multiple affairs ending with her loosing her children from her first marriage. She did not learn and continued on the same path of distraction. One of her daughters tries to find out who her biological dad is. I felt so sorry for the young lady who aired her dirty laundry of her tramp mom.

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.


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.

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