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Exclusive: Sarah Polley's Father Is Inspired By The "Remarkable Story" In Clip From 'Stories We Tell'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist May 9, 2013 at 10:03AM

One of our 15 Most Anticipated Indie Films Of The Summer, we guarantee there are few movies coming in the next few months -- or even the rest of year -- that will offer as many genuine twists and turns as Sarah Polley's excellent documentary "Stories We Tell." They say truth is stranger than fiction, and while the story that unspools here isn't quite strange, it's certainly something that no writer could have dreamed up.
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"Stories We Tell," Sarah Polley

One of our 15 Most Anticipated Indie Films Of The Summer, we guarantee there are few movies coming in the next few months -- or even the rest of year -- that will offer as many genuine twists and turns as Sarah Polley's excellent documentary "Stories We Tell." They say truth is stranger than fiction, and while the story that unspools here isn't quite strange, it's certainly something that no writer could have dreamed up.

On the surface, Polley's film is an investigation into her own family secrets (to say any more would ruin things a bit), but "Stories We Tell" also dips into the fictions and non-fictions that tie the bonds between parents, siblings and more. It's also about the nature of storytelling itself, and how one tale can be told many different ways, depending on who is sharing it. "...it’s a film that tickles both the brain and the heart" we wrote in our review from the Venice Film Festival, and that's pretty much right on point.

In this exclusive clip, Michael Polley (Sarah's father, an actor as well) reveals his reaction to the revelations his daughter shares with him, and how it inspires him to put his own version of the story on the page. It's a lovely moment, in a movie brimming with them.

Watch below. "Stories We Tell" opens on May 10th, and be sure to read our interview with Sarah Polley right here.

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