HollywoodChicago.com RSS   Facebook   HollywoodChicago.com on Twitter   Free Giveaway E-mail   

DVD Review: Sarah Polley’s Brilliant, Moving ‘Stories We Tell’

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly versionE-mail page to friendE-mail page to friendPDF versionPDF version
Average: 5 (1 vote)

CHICAGO – Sarah Polley’s amazing “Stories We Tell” earned raves a year ago when it played at the Toronto International Film Festival, continued to build buzz at Sundance, opened the first Chicago Critics Film Festival, and had a successful theatrical run but never quite made it to a lot of major markets. Now it’s on DVD and everyone in the country and around the world can finally see the best documentary of 2013. And everyone should.

HollywoodChicago.com DVD Rating: 4.0/5.0
DVD Rating: 4.0/5.0

When the writer/director of “Away From Her” and “Take This Waltz” began to interview her family about their mysterious, deceased mother, she had no idea what she was going to uncover and I would never spoil the many fascinating developments of this film here. What you should know is that “Stories” becomes way more than just a saga of family secrets. Polley’s masterpiece transcends home movies when she begins to use her skill to comment not only on why we keep secrets in the first place but the ripple effect of when they’re revealed. She even takes it a step further in a commentary on how filmmaking is a form of storytelling. We all tell stories — to ourselves, to our family, to our kids, to our parents. Few films have told a better one recently than this gem.

Sadly, Lionsgate has made the disappointing decision not to release their best 2013 film on Blu-ray nor to accompany their DVD-only release with a single special feature. Hence, the 4 instead of a 5 rating up there. The movie is a 5. The DVD is disappointing.

Stories We Tell was released on DVD on September 3, 2013
Stories We Tell was released on DVD on September 3, 2013
Photo credit: Lionsgate

Synopsis:
Stories We Tell is an “unmissable” (Rolling Stone) genre-twisting film by director Sarah Polley, who investigates the elusive truths of her eclectic family of storytellers as she playfully interrogates a cast of characters who each relate their version of the family mythology. Polley reveals the essence of family as she uncovers the secrets buried deep within…

“Stories We Tell” was written and directed by Sarah Polley. It was released on DVD on September 3, 2013.

HollywoodChicago.com content director Brian Tallerico

By BRIAN TALLERICO
Content Director
HollywoodChicago.com
brian@hollywoodchicago.com

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent spam submissions.
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.

Hot stories on the Web


User Login

Free Giveaway Mailing

TV, DVD, BLU-RAY & THEATER REVIEWS

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with Megan Fox

    CHICAGO - Look past the cheesy carbs and b-boy poses, this shiny mo-cap reboot of cartoon juggernaut “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” offers slick entertainment that makes for a welcome surprise for middle school fare. Proving that executive producer Michael Bay has both grown up but it still frightfully in tune with what jazzes teens, this surprise box office hit is indeed a nice slice of a blockbuster spectacle, whether or not a viewer cares about the turtles or not.

  • HoliDaze Front

    CHICAGO – Need a break from the noise of the holidays? Step Up Productions, – in residence at Chicago Dramatists Theater – present “HoliDaze,” a collection of six one-act plays, all dealing with the nature and nurture of the season. The showcase runs through December 21st, 2014.

Advertisement


HollywoodChicago.com on Twitter

archive

HollywoodChicago.com Top Ten Discussions
referendum
tracker