Stories We Tell (2012)

Stories We Tell

Summary: 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 larger human story.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th September, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Canada

Director: Sarah Polley

Screenwriter: Sarah Polley

Cast: Pixie Bigelow (herself), Lani Billard (Suzy Buchan), Deirdre Bowen (herself), Geoffrey Bowes (himself), John Buchan (himself), Tom Butler (himself), Jeanie Calleja (Victoria Mitchell), Andrew Church (Geoffrey Bowes), Kirsten Corvers (Deidre Bowen), James Downing (Mort Ransen), Peter Evans (Michael Polley), Tracey Ferencz (Aunt Shelia), Justin Goodhand (John Buchan), Kaylin Griffin (Joanna Polley – age 8), Cathy Gulkin (herself), Harry Gulkin (himself), Eric Hanson (Mike Polley – age 11), Alex Hatz (Harry Gulkin), Christine Horne (Anne Tait), Rebecca Jenkins (Diane Polley), Dave Kiner (Wayne Robson), Allie MacDonald (Joanna Polley), Robert Macmillan (himself), Jeff Mallory (Tom Butler), Victoria Mitchell (herself), Seamus Morrison (Mark Polley), Marie Murphy (herself), Diane Polley (herself), Joanna Polley (herself), Mark Polley (himself), Michael Polley (himself), Sarah Polley (herself), Mort Ransen (himself), Anne Tait (herself), Claire Walker (herself)

Runtime: 109 mins



Greg King: Stars(2.5)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Stories We Tell’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 51

Adam Ross: Stars(4)

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3)

IMDB Rating:  Stories We Tell (2012) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Stories We Tell′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep 51 for our more in-depth review of ‘Stories We Tell’.