Foreign and Independent Movie - Stories We Tell
Monday, December 9 • 6:30pm
Carman Community Room
A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.
The film just made the short list for a Best Documentary Oscar nomination for 2014 and was awarded the Best Non-Fiction Film by the New York Film Critics Circle.
Rated PG-13 • Documentary • 108 Minutes. Free admission. No registration is required.
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.