Every family has secrets. In this beautifully structured documentary, acclaimed Canadian actress and director Sarah Polley untangles a web of secrets in her own family – revealing profound truths about our relationships with loved ones and how we write the narratives of our lives.
Polley is something of a local heroine in her native Canada, and has been hailed as the greatest actress of her generation. She fast-tracked her way to fame, from appearing in her first film at the age of six to achieving the status of auteur at the age of thirty-four. She starred in My Life without Me in 2003, but her biggest breakthrough was as director of the 2006 film Away from Her starring Julie Christie, and she followed this up with the 2011 comedy drama Take This Waltz. In Stories We Tell, her first feature-length documentary, she explores the life of her vibrant but unhappy mother, Diane, who died of cancer when Polley was 11.