Stories We Tell Sunday, 29 March 2020

Stories We Tell

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Infrequent coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Lies My Mother Told Me.

  • Starring:

    Pixie Bigelow, Susy Buchan, Deirdre Bowen, Geoffrey Bowes, John Buchan, Tom Butler, Jeanie Calleja, Andrew Church, Kristen Corvers, James Downing, Tracey Ferenzc, Justin Goodhand, Cathy Gulkin, Harry Gulkin, Alex Hatz, Robert Macmillan, Marie Murphy

  • Directed by:

    Sarah Polley

  • Running time:

    108 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Abusive stepmothers mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Making love, oral sex, prostitute (theatrical) mentioned. Infidelity, adultery, affairs mentioned. Shirtless man. Skimpy clothing, swimwear, cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (wine, beer, spirits). Smoking. Needing pills mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-word, s-word, name-calling. Religious references and exclamation.

  • THEMES:

    Love, marriage, identity, father-daughter relationships, home movies, memories, reminiscing, Canada, personality, family history, family secrets, paternity, performance, autobiography, storytelling, disappointment, truth, illusion, nerves, film-making, sound recording.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased mother, pregnancy, abortion, cancer, divorce, previous marriages, estranged children, child custody, DNA testing discussed. Church, funeral settings (archival). Horse, dogs, bear, fly, cat. Peeing mentioned. Brief Italian language (subtitled).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Revelatory, intriguing, jaw-dropping, poignant, funny, engrossing, challenging, brilliant, thought-provoking, captivating, multi-layered, moving, powerful, thoughtful, fascinating, unforgettable, compelling, intimate. Charming, playful style. Nuanced storytelling. A remarkable story of a turbulent, melancholy journey. Best watched with no prior knowledge.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Overlong.

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