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Universal acclaim - based on 36 Critics

User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 Ratings

Summary: 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 larger human story.
Runtime: 108 min
Rating: Rated PG-13 for thematic elements involving sexuality, brief strong language and smoking
Production: National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
Genre: Documentary
Country: Canada
Language: English
Home Release Date: Sep 3, 2013
Director Credit
Sarah Polley Director
Writer Credit
Sarah Polley Writer
Principal Cast Credit
Harry Gulkin Himself
John Buchan Himself
Susy Buchan Herself
Cast Credit
Alex Hatz Harry Gulkin
Andrew Church Geoffrey Bowes
Cathy Gulkin Herself
Deirdre Bowen Herself
Geoffrey Bowes Himself
Harry Gulkin Himself
John Buchan Himself
Justin Goodhand John Buchan
Peter Evans Michael Polley
Pixie Bigelow Herself
Rebecca Jenkins Diane Polley
Robert Macmillan Himself
Susy Buchan Herself
Tom Butler Himself
Victoria Mitchell Herself
Wayne Curnew Garbage Collector
Producer Credit
Anita Lee Producer
Silva Basmajian Executive Producer Movie title data, credits, and poster art provided by: