Thursday, September 19, 2013

Stories We Tell (2012)

Director: Sarah Polley. 108 min. Rated PG-13. Canada. Documentary.

"Every family has a story." Sarah Polley, the young Canadian director/actress of Away From Her fame, has a secret in her family involving her deceased mother. She asks her father, siblings and whoever was close to her mother to describe their own narrative of what the secret was. So in itself, every family can create such a documentary. But then the film offers a nice discussion: when you have multiple narrations ... whose version of an event should you believe? And whose version is the director editing so we as viewers would believe? The everlasting dilemma of documentary filmmakers.

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