Stories We Tell


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,

John

 

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  • Bob

    Fascinating, complex, film, with much to say about family, love, memory, and art. The conversation afterwards added richness to the evening, as always.

    May 19, 2013

  • J.J. F.

    great complicated film!

    May 19, 2013

  • Betsey G.

    The film has stayed with me. I think that Polley's directing and editing leans toward saying that, for her, family and paternity really doesn't have a lot to do with DNA.

    May 19, 2013

  • Betsey G.

    Thank you for organizing, John. Fabulous film!

    May 19, 2013

  • Jen

    Excellent discussions, and loved the film

    May 19, 2013

  • John

    Another great interview with Sarah Polley well worth the read, and a repeat viewing of the documentary? narrative?
    familocumentary??

    http://www.slashfilm.com/film-interview-sarah-polley-explains-secrets-of-her-brilliant-documentary-stories-we-tell/

    May 19, 2013

  • Diane

    Polley speaks!--
    http://blog.nfb.ca/blog/2012/08/29/stories-we-tell-a-post-by-sarah-polley/
    and
    google slashfilm.com Sarah Polley explains secrets

    ps Michael Polley played Frank in wonderful Canadian tv series "Slings and Arrows" (minor character but in 17 episodes!). Also played the doctor on tv's "Anne of Avonlea "(Sarah played Anne)-- the sequel to Anne of Green Gables.

    May 19, 2013

  • Janet

    Going to the Kendall Sq

    1 · May 18, 2013

  • Paula C.

    Got my ticket. Really looking forward to this film

    May 17, 2013

  • Patti C.

    sorry- got sick- best to all

    May 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Didn't hear so i made other plans. Enjoy the film. See you all next time. Please remove from Waitin list. Thanks.

    May 17, 2013

  • Betsey G.

    Got my ticket!

    May 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought i rsvped a few days ago tht i was attending. Not on list. Thanks
    Barbara

    May 17, 2013

  • Bob

    got my ticket!

    May 16, 2013

  • Jen

    where are we going after to talk?

    May 13, 2013

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