Documentary examines truth behind stories

A family story changes depending on who is telling the tale.

An aunt may remember the situation different than a father or a brother. But what is the true story?

Writer and director Sarah Polley sets out to discover the truth at the heart of family storytellers in her film Stories We Tell.

“I think it’s a universal thing in every family, that people have their own specific versions of pivotal events or even small memories,” said Polley in a press release. “They are 100 per cent certain that their recollections are the truth because whatever the truth is, as they recall it, has formed them and it is part of their history. Discrepancies in memory preoccupy families, and the idea of this fascinated me.”

The film is the fifth in TheatreOne’s Fringe Flicks series.

In Stories We Tell Polley questions a cast of characters, asking them the same questions, but receiving contradictory answers as they relate their version of the tale. According to the National Film Board press release Polley “paints a profound portrait of a complicated and deeply loving family.”

The film screens at Avalon Cinema, Sunday (Jan. 13) at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. and Monday (Jan. 14) 7 p.m.  Tickets are $12 or people can subscribe to see six Fringe Flicks films for $62.60.

For more information please go to www.theatreone.org.

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