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Stories We Tell

Directed by Sarah Polley

“A profoundly funny and poignant picture of the larger human story.” —National Film Board of Canada

Every family has its lore, and every family member recounts it from a different angle. So where and how does one find the truth, if that’s even possible? Actor/writer/director Sarah Polley plays detective in this documentary inquiry, interviewing her father and four siblings to uncover secrets they’ve kept for decades, including details about her mother who died when Polley was 11 years old. As family and friends share recollections and their own tangled histories, the film’s deftly interwoven dialogue and home movies create a version of truth that’s as sly as it is illuminating. Stories We Tell was awarded the 2012 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award from the Toronto Film Critics Association. 2102, 35mm, 108 minutes. The film opens May 17 at the Edina Cinema.


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