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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Mar 30, 2015
  • misterbloggs rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I wish this site had the facility to give likes (or thumbs up/thumbs down) to other comments.

Mar 28, 2015
  • forever_ice17 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Just saw this yesterday. What a neat story!! Creatively told and well done. I can't wait for Sarah Polley's next project.

Mar 16, 2015
  • carolynnanderson rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An excellent, well crafted documentary that shows the complications of life and love--and the capacity of human beings to accept each other's choices without judgment.
A good lesson for families in turmoil....

Jan 30, 2015

Boring, silly movie.

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

Jul 22, 2014

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.

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