Watch Trailer1hr 48mins // directed by:Sarah Polley
Stories We Tell Tickets - Always better to reserve tickets ahead of time, unnecessarily, than to get shut-out at the theater when you arrive on Opening Weekend expecting to get a ticket at the last minute to a popular film.
In this inspired, genre-twisting new film, Oscar-nominated writer/-outdirector Sarah Polley discovers that the truth depends on who’s telling it.
Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by 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. As each relates their version of the family mythology, present-day recollections shift into nostalgia-tinged glimpses of their mother, who departed too soon, leaving a trail of unanswered questions. Polley unravels the paradoxes to reveal the essence of family: always complicated, warmly messy and fiercely loving. 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.
From the AV Club: there’s much more to Stories We Tell than navel-gazing. Polley’s fledgling foray into documentary filmmaking is also an investigative mystery, a real-life soap opera, and—most compellingly, perhaps—a searching “interrogation” (the director’s word) of the hows and whys of storytelling itself.
From the NYT: "Building on the interest in narrative form that she expressed in earlier movies like “Take This Waltz,” she explores storytelling itself and the space between a life lived and its different, at times conflicting representations.
Following the film, we have reservations at Pho Lemongrass (Banh xeo crepe and Fisherman's Hot Pot highly recommended) for post-film discussion. Please update your RSVP if you are unable to attend ASAP as we have several people on the Waiting List.
To be Continued,