Academy Award nominee Sarah Polley’s extraordinary STORIES WE TELL is a deeply moving portrait of a family dealing with a legacy of secrets and lies, and the elusive nature of truth itself.

Director: Sarah Polley
Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: Canada

CTCInfrequent coarse language


Stories We Tell

★★★★1/2
“This is extraordinary filmmaking. Really touching. A brave, intelligent and moving film. I absolutely adore it.”
Margaret Pomeranz, ABC AT THE MOVIES

★★★★
“A film unreservedly recommended. A unique cinema experience, and there will be few left unmoved by the direction this family saga takes as it unfolds, layer by layer. It takes the viewer on a journey that transcends the confines of traditional cinema or documentary.”
David Stratton, THE AUSTRALIAN

★★★★
“This is a fabulous film. Deftly moving and utterly engrossing. What I love is its courage and its guile. There are plenty of clues for those who watch closely, and great rewards even if you don’t.”
Paul Byrnes, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

★★★★
“A fascinating investigation of family secrets and truths, and ways of seeing and relating.”
Philippa Hawker, THE AGE

18/20.
“Truly incredible and totally enjoyable. It’s impossible to explain why this masterful film is so brilliant without giving something away. There’s passion, compassion and love in in this film, and a lot of humour too. There’s something about this film that makes you feel good about life.”
Annette Basile, FILMINK

★★★★
“Astounding. Polley’s most poignant and powerful work to date. Whole lives can literally exist in the gaps and omissions, and Stories We Tell, once you’ve stopped going over it, will make you reflect on your own family history. The movie fascinates, inspires and challenges. It’s a triumph of creation.”
Craig Mathieson, THE SUNDAY AGE

★★★★1/2
“Exceptional. A masterclass in storytelling.”
Lynden Barber, ABC LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE

★★★★1/2
“Brave and remarkable. Be sure to see this moving, funny and engrossing film with as little advance knowledge as possible, and one of the most lasting experiences of the year awaits.”
Leigh Paatsch, THE COURIER MAIL

★★★★1/2
“Wonderful.”
Jane Freebury, THE CANBERRA TIMES

One of the most heralded films of the 2012 Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, Academy Award nominee Sarah Polley’s extraordinary STORIES WE TELL is a deeply moving portrait of a family dealing with a legacy of secrets and lies, and the elusive nature of truth itself.

STORIES WE TELL unpeels the complex life of Diane, an aspiring actress and mother, and the shockwaves that a series of impulsive actions unleash on her children, husband and community.

With this groundbreaking new feature that seamlessly blends past and present, the real and the imagined, Polley’s characteristically unflinching yet compassionate gaze delivers a level of depth and emotion only hinted at by her acclaimed earlier directorial works, Away From Her and Take This Waltz.

Making STORIES WE TELL all the more memorable is the revelation that the mother depicted – and family in question – is Polley’s own.

MORE…
“The secret lives of us” – Nick Galvin interviews Sarah Polley for The Sydney Morning Herald

Vanity Fair’s Krista Smith talks with Sarah Polley before the 2013 Sundance Film Festival screenings (video)

Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood) talks Stories We Tell with Sarah Polley (video)

Harper’s BAZAAR Australia‘s Noelle Faulkner chats to Sarah Polley.

PopMatters‘ Colin McGuire on why Sarah Polley is one of the best directors in modern cinema.

“Memory’s Chorus: Stories We Tell and Sarah Polley’s Theory of Autobiography” – Leah Anderst in the December 2013 edition of Senses of Cinema. (nb: contains spoilers)

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