With a premiere just occurring at the Venice Film Festival, following an initial clip, we’ve got the first trailer for Sarah Polley’s Take this Waltz follow-up, Stories We Tell. Including interviews conducted by Polley herself, the documentary takes a look at family in a series of interconnecting stories. This trailer greatly expands on the amount of family members and the natural of a mix of truth and lies when looking back at the past.
It looks like a wonderfully truthful look at generation-spanning family connections and a great way for Polley to explore themes on display in her narrative features, but in a nonfiction way. I also highly recommend heading over to NFB, where Polley has written a blog post diving into the intentions of the film and how it came about across a five-year process that “tormented” her. One can see the trailer below thanks to THR, as well as The Guardian’s recently published five-star review of the film.
In this exploration of the elusive nature of truth and memory, Oscar-nominated writer/director Sarah Polley (Away from Her) discovers that the truth depends on who’s telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets behind a family of storytellers. She playfully 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 a lively, fun-loving past and the shadows just beneath. Polley unravels the paradoxes to reveal the essence of family: a messy, intense and loving tangle of contradictions.
Stories We Tell premieres at Venice and TIFF.
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. If we were provided screener copies, we’ll have our own write-up, but if that’s not the case, one can find official descriptions from the distributors. Check out […]
Writing about the films of Robert Bresson usually begins by informing reader that his films must be discussed through a trance of hushed tones and quiet veneration. There is no room for rushed judgement or quick-witted observations; Bresson makes Serious Art, as opposed to Hollywood directors who do not. There are the key phrases to […]
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we believe it’s our duty to highlight the recent, recommended titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of […]
Today we have a special episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. In honor of James Gray‘s The Immigrant arriving on Netflix this week, we have an audio version of our full interview with the director, published in text form on the site during the film’s theatrical release. Conducted by co-host Nick Newman […]
Latest posts from Beats Per Minute