Stories We Tell (2012)

PG-13   |    |  Documentary

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A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.




  • Diane Polley in Stories We Tell (2012)
  • Sarah Polley at an event for Stories We Tell (2012)
  • Sarah Polley and Michael Polley in Stories We Tell (2012)
  • Stories We Tell (2012)
  • Sarah Polley and Michael Polley in Stories We Tell (2012)
  • Sarah Polley in Stories We Tell (2012)

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Sarah Polley


Sarah Polley, Michael Polley (narration)

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9 July 2014 | ljt236
| Not at all what the reviewers appear to think it is
I saw this film as part of a month-long series of documentaries at my local public library. Throughout the film, I was struck by the seeming incredible luck that the director had in having access to so much timely and relevant Super 8 movie footage of the family in their younger days. That all became moot when, near the end of the closing film credits, it is revealed that every single member of the family in past and present was portrayed by an actor. In effect, it is not a true documentary at all but the very well written and directed retelling of someone else's family story. The audience at the viewing I attended had much the same reaction--thinking that we had just been taken for a very elaborate ride.

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Release Date:

17 January 2013



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Filming Locations

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,053 12 May 2013

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