“Stories We Tell” and How We See Things

Earlier today I saw — and highly recommend — “Stories We Tell”, a riveting and thought-provoking 2012 documentary directed by Sarah Polley of Ontario with major support by the National Film Board of  Canada.   While the surface-level story is about the members of a family recounting their personal perspectives on the once carefree and now-deceased family matriarch and a secret that she kept from them, this wonderful, award-winning film goes further by gently prompting its viewers to reflect on the nature of truth, memory, relationships and certain aspects of the human condition.  The way in which this loving family and friends deal with these perplexing issues is a beautiful example of a kind of grace to be treasured.

“Stories We Tell” also very much brings to mind Jeff Lemire’s Essex Countywhich eloquently uses the graphic novel  genre to ponder tricky issues of truth and memory and which, coincidentally, also involves the search for meaning after the revelation of long-held family secrets.

Official website for the film and more info is here.

6 responses

Your Comments Are Most Welcome

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: