In the inspired film â€œStories We Tellâ€, the writer/director Sarah Polley discovers that the truth depends on who’s telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers. She playfully interviews and 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 their mother, who departed too son, leaving a trail of unanswered questions. Polley unravels the paradoxes to reveal the essence of family: always complicated, warmly messy and fiercely loving. Stories We Tell explores the elusive nature of truth and memory, but at its core is a deeply personal film about how our narratives shape and define us as individuals and families, all interconnecting to paint a profound, funny and poignant picture of the larger human story.
She wants her subjects to talk openly and honestly of their perspective of the â€œissueâ€ that sparked his documentary ,which starts off seemingly about the marriage of Sarahâ€™s parents, actors Michael Polley and the long deceased Diane Polley. Sarahâ€™s four siblings and her father talk about the issue as a long held family joke that started casually when Sarah was thirteen. That issue ultimately comes to light as the documentary progresses, and which affects Sarah and Michael the most among the living family members.