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

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Stories We Tell

★★★★★
“Exhilarating and brave, it’s a gripping piece of work, at once formally audacious and disarmingly artless. Something extraordinary. An ingenious and heartfelt piece of work that no serious film fan should miss.”
Peter Calder, THE NEW ZEALAND HERALD

★★★★★
“Fascinating. Completely captivating.”
Sarah Watt, SUNDAY STAR TIMES

★★★★★
“Gorgeous & quietly daring. An absolute heart-breaker. The kind of film that makes you think of all the people you miss, then call them.”
Matt Glasby, FLICKS.CO.NZ

★★★★★
“Compellingly vivid and heartfelt. A work of some audacity – a joy.”
Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

★★★★1/2
“Oh my goodness. This is most extraordinary. Just amazing. I loved it. An incredibly memorable watch.”
Kate Rodger, 3NEWS

★★★★1/2
“Has the rhythms and energy of a grand domestic drama. This is a quiet and unassuming film on the surface, but there are twists and turns and profound truths hiding.”
David Larsen, THE LISTENER

★★★★1/2
“Surprisingly confessional and deeply compelling. A story of great sadness, great joy and great entertainment.”
James Croot, STUFF.CO.NZ

“Remarkable. Must be seen to be believed.”
A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES

★★★★
“A Revelation. Sarah Polley has transformed the secrets and lies of her own life into glowing artistic truth.”
Mary Corliss, TIME MAGAZINE

One of the most internationally heralded films of the last year, 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.

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Stories We Tell