Friday, September 07, 2012

Venice: Film Festival – Stories We Tell

Photograph courtesy La Biennale
Venice: Film Festival – Stories We Tell -  Sarah Polley. In this inspired, genre-twisting Canadian 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 behind 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 a lively, fun-loving past and the shadows just beneath. Polley unravels the paradoxes to reveal the essence of family: a complex, messy, intense and deeply loving tangle of contradictions.

Above. Director Sarah Polley.

Stories We Tell - Sarah Polley
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