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325 Rideau St. Ottawa K1N 5Y4
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Stories We Tell is a movie you will want to see several times. It seems like a regular documentary, but by the end of the film, the doctrine and purity of ‘documentary’ has disappeared. This is in every sense a ‘story film’, and a great one, that lives up to the Neruda quoted in it: ‘Love is so short. Forgetting is so long.’
– David Thomson, The Guardian
Read Sarah Polley's own account of how this personal documentary came to be:
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 interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions.
As each relates their version of the family mythology, present-day recollections shift into nostalgia-tinged glimpses of a lively, fun-loving past and the shadows just beneath. Polley unravels the paradoxes to reveal the essence of family: a messy, intense and loving tangle of contradictions.
Stories We Tell explores the elusive nature of truth and memory, but at its core is a deeply personal film about how our narratives shape and define us as individuals and families, all interconnecting to paint a profound, funny and poignant picture of the larger human story.
– National Film Board of Canada
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