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TIFF 2012: Trailer for Sarah Polley’s ‘Stories We Tell’

Will Perkins
Wide Screen
August 29, 2012

Let the trailer floodgates open! With the start of the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival now just days away, we're starting to get our first look at many of the movies set to premiere at the fest.

One such film is Canadian director Sarah Polley's documentary "Stories We Tell," a deeply personal examination of her own family history told through home movies and the stories of relatives and friends. The Toronto-born filmmaker earned international critical acclaim for her films "Away From Her" and "Take This Waltz" (and even an Oscar nomination for the former), but "Stories We Tell" represents the actress-turned-director's first foray into documentary territory.

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The Hollywood Reporter debuted the trailer for Polley's new doc this morning, and the film looks in keeping with her previous work - funny, honest, and bittersweet. Watch the "Stories We Tell" trailer below.

Every family has secrets buried in the past, but very rarely do audiences get to see someone else's dirty laundry play out on screen. For Polley to put her own family's complicated history out there for all the world to see is a pretty bold move, but just how raw and honest a portrait the film ends up being remains to be seen. Given the closeness of the subject matter, the director will also have to walk a very fine line in order to keep "Stories We Tell" from becoming too self-indulgent. Then again, maybe self-indulgence and catharsis is the point of the movie. We'll have to wait and see.

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Polley's last film, the emotional relationship drama "Take This Waltz," premiered at last year's TIFF, but was only just released in the United States. "Stories We Tell" still doesn't have a release date on either side of the border, but will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival this Friday and screen for Canadian audiences on Sept. 7 at TIFF.

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