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It's a documentary constructed by actress/director Sarah Polley (DAWN OF THE DEAD remake, GO). Essentially, she mixes interviews with family members and friends along with home movie footage, to tell the story of her deceased mother and the secrets she had. Polley is ostensibly searching for her identity (and that's all I'll say)...but the movie has ever so much more on its mind.
First, it is an exploration of how the things that happen to us become the stories we tell to others and that few experiences are really FACTS, but are interpretations of those FACTS or events. While no one differs enormously on the details of the mother's life or other family events...the feelings about those details, the impressions DO differ, in ways subtle or big. For example, when various folks are asked "did you think my mother was afraid of dying?" the answers vary. The FACT is that she did die. But the story becomes either how bravely she faced it, or how she was in denial, or something else. Yet these impressions become facts to the person telling the story, and thus the LISTENER is also influenced.
Second, the movie itself is a fascinating detective story. It's amazing to experience how engrossing this seemingly mundane family story becomes. And to me, not only was the story interesting...but the fact that it WAS interesting says something interesting too. We all have common bonds that we can recognize in each other...that empathy can flow easily when we get to know someone a little bit.Read more ›
Several comments: first and foremost, this movie shows once again that if you have a strong story to tell, you don't a superhero or specical effects to keep the movie going. I couldn't believe how quickly the time passed. Second, this is a deeply personal movie obviously and yet it resonates with a broader audience because of the universal themes of love, family, and acceptance.Read more ›
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Painfully good. This movie claims to be about different tellings of the same thing. Not so. All points of view -- without ambiguity -- point to the truth, no contradictions. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J Kragt
I loved this documentary about a family. Though family stories vary, we all have them. This film artfully explores the individual perspectives of each member and touches many human... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jill Sandeen
Surprisingly subjective (and probably honest) documentary film by writer-director (and actress) Sarah Polley, which examines the relationship between her own mother Diane (a showy,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Leslie Karen Rigsbey
Here's the story ripped right out of Maureen McGovern's seventies hit "Torn between two lovers," plus one. Read morePublished 4 months ago by PaisleyPrincess
Great way of exploring family secrets although confusing to follow for a while....Published 5 months ago by Rev. Debra Sutton