Rated PG-13 · 108 minutes · 2013

The amazing Sarah Polley continues her directorial hot streak (Away From Her, Take This Waltz) with this introspective look at her own origins. Polley mixes archival footage, new interviews and extremely well-done home video re-enactments to tell the story of her mother, the father who raised her, and her birth dad. It’s fun, and just a little shocking, to find out about Polley’s dad and the events that led to her birth. Michael Polley, the man who raised Sarah and was her actual “dad,” provides wonderful narrative from a memoir he wrote himself, and other major contributors include Sarah’s sisters and brother. It wasn’t until the movie was almost half over that I realized some of the archival video consists of re-enactments. For a change, somebody has done re-enactments for a documentary that fit right into the film. Polley is one of the more gifted filmmakers going today (if you haven’t seen Away From Her, see it now!) and Stories We Tell will surely be one of the year’s best documentaries.
Official Site: storieswetellmovie.com
Director: Sarah Polley
Producer: Silva Basmajian and Anita Lee



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Charleston City Paper Sarah Polley wrestles with family history in Stories We Tell In Stories We Tell, Sarah Polley has either crafted one of the most deeply narcissistic documentaries ever, or one of the most deeply poignant. The fact that I can't quite decide which of those is true makes it frustratingly wonderful, or wonderfully frustrating, or probably both. by Scott Renshaw 06/05/2013
New Times San Luis Obispo Review: Stories We Tell Ken Korman reviews Sarah Polley's revealing and personal documentary screening at Chalmette Movies. by Ken Korman 07/16/2013

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