Stories We Tell

Synopsis: 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. 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 large
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Sarah Polley
Production: Roadside Attractions
  24 wins & 42 nominations.
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108 min

She was the most fun

I could think of as a child.

She was infectious, enthusiastic,

and excited about everything.

My memory of Mom is

of someone who was very loud.

She walked very heavily

and made the records skip.

And my impression is she was

a fun person at parties,

that she was a fun person

to have in an audience,

'cause she laughed loud.

You can't talk about Diane,

I don't think,

without talking about her laugh.

It infused every situation

that she was in.

What attracted people

to her was a sense of joy.

She had a contagious personality,

I thought,

and when I was really young,

I used to watch I Love Lucy,

and I actually thought

that was her,

because she was fun and goofy.

She was very warm.

She was full of life

and loved to dance

and loved to party

and laughing a lot,

and she loved to sing,

and she was the worst singer,

but she didn't mind.

She was sort

of a good-time Charlie.

There's a big tent within which you

can enjoy life with her.

And there are people

who just light up the life

for those people around her,

and people gravitate

to them like a moth to flame.

And that was her.

She also was very productive,

got a lot of things done.

She was a very busy person

and managed to juggle

lots of different things.

I remember her being

on the phone a lot, for example,

and I remember

the hand saying,

"Hold on! Shh! Hold on!"

Whenever I would meet Diane,

I always found

that she was in trouble.

Something she'd done...

she'd left something in a cab,

or she'd arrive saying,

"Oh, you have to come with me.

"I have to go there

because I've done this,

"and it's so stupid,"

and as we were walking,

she'd be ahead of me

trying to tell me

why everything was in disarray.

Whenever I would see her,

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Sarah Polley

Sarah Ellen Polley OC (born January 8, 1979) is a Canadian actress, writer, director and political activist. Polley first garnered attention for her role as Sara Stanley in the Canadian television series Road to Avonlea. She has starred in many feature films, including Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter, Guinevere, Go, The Weight of Water, My Life Without Me, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Dawn of the Dead, Splice, and Mr. Nobody. more…

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