Stories We Tell is certainly a unique movie - that much we know from the trailer. The 2012 documentary that premiered at the 69th Venice International Film Festival before winning acclaim at the Telluride and Toronto festivals, sees filmmaker Sarah Polley chronicling the story of her family, including the revelation that she was the product of an extramarital affair.
The movie explores the relationship between Polley's parents and incorporates Super-8 footage shot to look like home movies, as well as interviews with the filmmaker's siblings and other relatives. The film received the $100,000 prize for Best Canadian Film in Toronto and was nominated for best feature length documentary at the 2013 Canadian Screen Awards.
Ultimately, Polley goes on the hunt for answers as to the identity of her father, interviewing cast-mates of her actress mother about their potential sexual involvement with her. Polley - who previously directed the well-received 'Away From Her' - was only a young teenager when she was first told by her sister that her assumed father Michael may not be her biological father and that there were two other possible men who could've had an affair with mother Diane.
After first seeing the movie last summer, critic Mary Corliss described 'Stories We Tell' as "The probing, emotionally devastating documentary that was, for this critic and many others, the revelation of the first week of the Venice Film Festival." Film.com said, "[Stories We Tell] leaves you wondering about the nature of truth and wanting to know more about the hidden lives of those around us."
Stories We Tell receives a limited release in the U.S. on May 17, 2013.