Stories We Tell

Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  108 min.
Release Date: October 12, 2012 - Toronto - October 12, 2012 - Toronto
October 19 - Vancouver, Montreal
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DVD: May 21, 2013

Current rating: Rating: 3.45
based on 24 votes and 7 reviews
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Exploring the nature of memory and storytelling, especially the way people fictionalize family narratives, examining "our insatiable need, as human beings, to turn our lives into stories."

Director/screenwriter and former Road to Avonlea TV star Sarah Polley tell the story of how she found out that her father, Michael Polley, is not her biological father because her mother, Diane Polley, who died when Sarah was just 10, had a lengthy affair.

Director: Sarah Polley
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Anita Lee
Screenplay: Sarah Polley
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  • 1 star "Should have been called Lies My Mother Told."
  • 1 star "It became clear that the mother sent the old dude (who willingly helped a married woman with children commit adultery) only two photos of Sarah. The last, when she wasn't even 2 yet. Nothing after that. Obviously she got over him - so should Sarah."
  • 1 star "Rubbish. First of all, Sarah, whom the story is about, is never introduced to the audience. We're supposed to know who the hell she is. Secondly, she seems to be as big an idiot as her mother because what the two of them (first the mother, with her adultery, then the daughter, with her need to know instead of leaving well enough alone) put their family through, no family should have to live through that."