Stories We Tell: the truth depends on who's telling it

director Sarah Polley
Stories We Tell: the truth depends on who's telling it

The Fresh City Life documentary series, What's Up, Doc? continues this Tuesday with the presentation of Sarah Polley's inventive film, Stories We Tell. It's a movie that hits close to home for many viewers -- about the relationship between family members and how each of them views the details of a life together in very different ways. The film reminds me of something that my sister often says to me when I'm telling stories about our growing up. She'll interrupt me by saying, "It didn't happen like that." To which I will invariably reply, "I know, but it's better this way." And that's what being in a family means: we all have a different point of view. And sometimes the stories we tell are meant as a salve for the past -- not as a perfect record.

Stories We Tell (2012)
Tuesday, July 8, 6:30-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Directed by Sarah Polley.
“In this inspired, genre-twisting new film, Oscar®-nominated writer/director 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.” – The National Film Board of Canada.  108 minutes. Rated PG-13.

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