Stories We Tell

Reviewed for Empire Online as part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013:

Warm, personal and unexpectedly candid, Sarah Polley’s follow-up to Take This Waltz is an autobiographical documentary that delves into her recent family history and lays bare some potentially painful Polley truths. Starting out as a profile-come-love-letter to her late mother, Diane (who died prior to Polley’s teenage years), it then morphs into a surprisingly frank portrait of her parents’ marriage (and accompanying sexytime), before veering off on a Partridge-like tangent to air some dirty family laundry. Like recent narrative docs The Imposter and Searching For Sugar Man, there are twists and surprises in store that are a crucial part of the overall experience, so to say any more would risk venturing into harmful spoiler territory. Suffice to say, this is one where you should go in as cold as possible. Continue reading…