Polley tells us the story of her family. The family is built on lies and love. A failed marriage, the loss of children, an affair. Pretty typical stuff in this day and age. Then Polley digs in and peels back the layers. This is a painful exercise for the whole family. For years the family joked that Sarah was not the biological daughter of the man who raised her. It was one of those jokes that no one really attempted to examine but left a constant lingering question that dug at Sarah. The problem for Sarah is that she can't talk to her mother who has been dead for about 20 years. So she digs all around her mother, but as she digs she unearths the secrets buried for so long.
The film is mostly about love. How love is not only born but earned. How your father is the man who raised you and that there can be another person who you are biologically conected to. It is also about family and the bonds that tie us together.
The thing that it solidified is that Polley is a wonderful director (I know we already knew that) who has a deep emotional depth to her work. This film proves she is at the top of her generation of filmmakers and that she will be a great director to watch over the years. The film was picked up for release by Roadside in the US.