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Trailer Watch: Sarah Polley's Lovely 'Stories We Tell' Pushes the Line Between Truth and Mythology

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 6, 2013 at 12:18PM

One of the best films to hit the fall 2012 festival circuit, Sarah Polley's documentary memoir "The Stories We Tell," is a portrait of the Canadian writer-director-actress's family history and secrets, and a personal exploration into the smudged line between truth and mythology. Watch the new trailer below.
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"Stories We Tell"
Roadside Attractions "Stories We Tell"

One of the best films to hit the fall 2012 festival circuit, Sarah Polley's documentary memoir "Stories We Tell," is a portrait of the Canadian writer-director-actress's family history and secrets, and a personal exploration into the smudged line between truth and mythology. Watch the new trailer below.

The film manages to be both melancholy and hilarious, with Polley proving to be a shrewd interviewer, grilling her extended family and friends about her late mother who died in the 1980s after losing a fight to cancer. As Polley pushes her loved ones for information, she realizes the complicated nature of her parents' romance, and her unique relationship to them.

The film was snapped up by Roadside Attractions following its showings at Venice, Telluride and TIFF, and hits theaters stateside on May 17. It will be a contender in this year's awards race.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.