Sarah Polley has made a film about stories. The stories of her family.
I feel like I know Polley because when I was a teenager I watched the film GO so many times I probably know the whole thing by heart. It was a great film, staring Polley as a super market cashier (which is probably why I liked it! I too was a supermarket cashier) and also Katie Holmes as her work mate. They'd work hard at tolerating rude customers all day and then let loose at night to party hard.
In Stories We Tell as writer and director Polley has constructed a documentary on her mother, the absent character of the film and also oddly the lead role. The film follows the relationship of her mother and father, both actors, though very different personalities. At some point during a working holiday away from her husband and children, Polley's mother has an affair, of which Sarah is the result. The film follows Sarah as she learns the truth of this often joked about family fable and starts the hunt for her birth father.
The documentary is told through interviews, old family video and very well crafted re-enactments.
This is a heart-warming film about love, relationships, blood and family. It is fabulously real - because it is real and because it is, it is so much more special. It feels very intimate learning all of this about the Polley family, though this is what makes it stick with you for quite some time after you watch it.
We all have stories. And that really is all films are. This one just happens to be real.