Roadside Attractions has released the trailer and poster for Sarah Polley‘s terrific documentary, Stories We Tell. In the film, Polley pieces together interviews from her family as she tries to learn about her deceased mother and the affair that resulted in Polley’s search for her biological father. Polley cleverly puts together various storytelling devices, and even includes her non-biological father reading a narrative of his memories and perceptions relating to his wife’s infidelity. I caught the movie at TIFF last year, and it’s a deeply moving picture. I hope that this trailer, which doesn’t give away any of the surprising twists and turns, will convince people to seek out the picture.
Hit the jump to checkout the trailer and poster. Stories We Tell opens in New York on May 10th and in select cities on May 17th.
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Here’s the official synopsis for Stories We Tell:
In this inspired, genre-twisting new film, Oscar®-nominated 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 soon, 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.