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Sarah Polley at the premiere of STORIES WE TELL at the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival. Photographed by Pamela Gentile.

Sarah Polley at the premiere of STORIES WE TELL at the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival. Photographed by Pamela Gentile.

Stories We Tell
Directed by Sarah Polley
Documentary Feature
Canada, 2012

Stories We Tell had it's Bay Area premiere at SFIFF56 and is currently screening at select Landmark Theatres and Rafael Film Center.


What is so thrilling about Stories We Tell is not that the film ineffably expresses its themes, but rather how it directly confronts them, constantly calling into question the adequacy of what the film is setting out to do and drawing in different opinions about what might be accomplished by telling Diane and the family’s story. This constant questioning of its own premise and presumptions gives Stories We Tell a real power, forcing viewers to not only examine the film’s storytelling devices and strategies, but ultimately, their own position in their own lives, their own secrets and those of the people they love, the memories that they can no longer fully call to mind, the way in which their own lives are re-created in the stories they tell themselves.
— Tom Hall, Hammer to Nail