Stories We Tell

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $1,602,160Details
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Synopsis

Sarah Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers. She interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions. As each relates their version of the family mythology, present-day recollections shift into nostalgia-tinged glimpses of their mother, who departed too soon, leaving a trail of unanswered questions. Polley unravels the paradoxes to reveal the essence of family: always complicated, warmly messy and fiercely loving. Stories We Tell explores the elusive nature of truth and memory, but at its core is a deeply personal film about how our narratives shape and define us as individuals and families, all interconnecting to paint a profound, funny and poignant picture of the larger human story.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
95% - Certified Fresh
Audience
79% - Upright

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: May 10th, 2013 (Limited) by Roadside Attractions
International Releases: October 12th, 2012 (Limited) (Canada)
Video Release: September 3rd, 2013 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements involving sexuality, brief strong language and smoking.
(Rating bulletin 2256, 1/23/2013)
Keywords: Infidelity, Young Child Dealing with the Death of a Parent, Death of a Spouse, Dysfunctional Family, Faulty Memory, Screenplay Written By the Star, Directing Yourself
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Genre:Documentary
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: National Film Board of Canada

2014 Awards Season: WGA: A.I. and Pirates Told the Right Stories

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WGAs handed out their awards on Saturday and depending on who you talk to, there were a couple of major upsets. There was certainly at least one upset, but the other awards are less surprising. More...

2014 Awards Season: DGA: Telling Stories about Documentaries

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The Directors Guild of America finished its theatrical nominations yesterday with the Documentary category. I'm of two minds with the list of nominees. On the one hand, I feel like I should be surprised, because a number of documentaries thought to be Oscar favorites were left off the list. On the other hand, they've been left off the list a number of times. I think it is time to rethink who is and is not an Oscar favorite. More...

2014 Awards Season: WGA: Nominees Have Stories to Tell

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WGAs announced their nominations this weekend and there were a couple of surprises to talk about. The top of that list is 12 Years a Slave, which was deemed ineligible because it wasn't written under WGA jurisdiction. This makes using the WGAs as an Oscar guide less reliable. On the other hand, several Oscar favorites showed up as well, including American Hustle, Nebraska, and others that have picked up major nominations this year. More...

2013 - Holiday Gift Guide - Part III

Part III of the Holiday Gift Guide is a little late due to reasons you probably don't want to hear the details about. (I believe I've developed a food allergy to something in Eggnog.) The third installment of our holiday gift guide includes independent films, classics, foreign films, etc. The fastest way to find gifts is to go to the Independent Spirit Awards nominations and find any film that is on that list that is already out on DVD / Blu-ray (Frances Ha, Mud, etc.). Unfortunately, most of the films competing for Awards Season glory are still in theaters and not available as gifts. But there are still many films worth picking up, starting with... More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for September 3rd, 2013

It's a really slow week on the home market. There's only one first-run release of note, Now You See Me, while the best-selling TV on DVD release is from the CW, The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Fourth Season. That doesn't mean there are no new releases worth picking up. In fact, there are a couple of contenders for Pick of the Week. Blancanieves is one such contender, but while the DVD or Blu-ray is worth picking up, I think the target audience is a little too limited for Pick of the Week. Instead, that honor goes to From Up on Poppy Hill on Blu-ray Combo Pack. More...

Per Theater Chart: Much Success for Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing lived up to the hype earning first place on the per theater chart with an average of $34,388 in five theaters. This is enough to suggest significant expansion, but I think it is too "art house" to expand even semi-wide. Dirty Wars opened in second place with an average of $15,876 in four theaters. This is an excellent start for a documentary. The overall box office leader, The Purge, earned third place with an average of $13,430. The final film in the $10,000 club was Before Midnight with an average of $10,123 in 52 theaters during its third weekend of release. More...

Per Theater Chart: Iron Man Has a Story to Tell

Iron Man 3 again earned first place on the Per Theater Chart, but this time it was closer with an average of $17,053. The second best film on the per theater chart was the second best film on the overall chart, The Great Gatsby, which earned an average of $14,168. The best limited release was Stories We Tell with an average of $13,527 in two theaters. It had previously opened in Canada, where it made $360,000. One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das earned $11,515 in one theater. More...

Weekend Estimates: Gatsby an Honorable Second

To no-one's great surprise, Iron Man 3 will top the box office chart again this weekend, with a very creditable projected $72.4 million, the 4th-biggest second weekend of all time. The more notable number this weekend, however, is the $51 million projected opening for The Great Gatsby. That's Baz Luhrman's best weekend by a huge margin -- in fact, only Moulin Rouge earned more than that in total domestically (and only by a small margin, with $57 million). It's also Leonardo DiCaprio's second-best weekend, behind Inception. In short, it's a great weekend for a movie that looked like a tough sell. More...

Limited Releases have Stories to Tell

Most summers there is at least one limited release that manages to find enough success to expand truly wide. There are quite a few new limited releases this week, but most of them are earning weak reviews and will likely fail to find an audience in limited release. There are three films that are earning 80% positive reviews or better: Sightseers, Stories We Tell, and Venus and Serena. Unfortunately, the last two are documentaries and the first one is a Black Comedy, so it is unlikely we will have a true break-out hit this week. More...

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2013/05/10 - $5,378   2 $2,689   $366,763 1
2013/05/11 - $14,638 +172% 2 $7,319   $381,401 2
2013/05/12 - $7,037 -52% 2 $3,519   $388,438 3
2013/05/13 - $3,910 -44% 2 $1,955   $392,348 4
2013/05/14 - $3,976 +2% 2 $1,988   $396,324 5
2013/05/15 - $4,664 +17% 2 $2,332   $400,988 6
2013/05/16 - $3,911 -16% 2 $1,956   $404,899 7
2013/05/17 - $31,562 +707% 23 $1,372   $436,461 8
2013/05/18 - $60,468 +92% 23 $2,629   $496,929 9
2013/05/19 - $39,559 -35% 23 $1,720   $536,488 10
2013/05/20 - $13,363 -66% 23 $581   $549,851 11
2013/05/21 - $13,889 +4% 23 $604   $563,740 12
2013/05/22 - $14,026 +1% 23 $610   $577,766 13
2013/05/23 - $13,156 -6% 23 $572   $590,922 14
2013/05/24 - $31,792 +142% 26 $1,223   $626,188 15
2013/05/25 - $56,664 +78% 26 $2,179   $682,852 16
2013/05/26 - $40,002 -29% 26 $1,539   $722,854 17
2013/05/27 - $30,570 -24% 26 $1,176   $753,424 18
2013/05/30 - $11,566   26 $445   $786,979 21
2013/05/31 - $29,879 +158% 39 $766   $816,858 22
2013/06/01 - $52,504 +76% 39 $1,346   $869,362 23
2013/06/02 - $32,062 -39% 39 $822   $901,424 24
2013/06/03 - $11,768 -63% 39 $302   $913,192 25
2013/06/04 - $11,595 -1% 39 $297   $924,787 26
2013/06/05 - $12,042 +4% 39 $309   $936,829 27
2013/06/06 - $12,574 +4% 39 $322   $949,403 28
2013/06/07 - $40,284 +220% 70 $575   $989,687 29
2013/06/08 - $64,982 +61% 70 $928   $1,054,669 30
2013/06/09 - $36,990 -43% 70 $528   $1,091,659 31
2013/06/10 - $16,565 -55% 70 $237   $1,108,224 32
2013/06/11 - $16,972 +2% 70 $242   $1,125,196 33
2013/06/12 - $18,438 +9% 70 $263   $1,143,634 34
2013/06/13 - $17,168 -7% 70 $245   $1,160,803 35
2013/06/14 - $22,259 +30% 63 $353   $1,183,062 36
2013/06/15 - $36,600 +64% 63 $581   $1,219,662 37
2013/06/16 - $24,495 -33% 63 $389   $1,244,157 38
2013/06/17 - $9,780 -60% 63 $155   $1,253,937 39
2013/06/18 - $11,239 +15% 63 $178   $1,265,176 40
2013/06/19 - $12,121 +8% 63 $192   $1,277,297 41
2013/06/20 - $11,848 -2% 63 $188   $1,289,145 42
2013/06/21 - $10,373 -12% 33 $314   $1,299,518 43
2013/06/22 - $18,133 +75% 33 $549   $1,317,651 44
2013/06/23 - $13,802 -24% 33 $418   $1,331,453 45
2013/06/24 - $5,423 -61% 33 $164   $1,336,876 46
2013/06/25 - $5,882 +8% 33 $178   $1,342,758 47
2013/06/26 - $6,509 +11% 33 $197   $1,349,267 48
2013/06/27 - $7,874 +21% 33 $239   $1,357,141 49
2013/06/28 - $7,042 -11% 23 $306   $1,364,183 50
2013/06/29 - $11,948 +70% 23 $519   $1,376,131 51
2013/06/30 - $8,780 -27% 23 $382   $1,384,911 52
2013/07/01 - $3,749 -57% 23 $163   $1,388,660 53
2013/07/02 - $3,929 +5% 23 $171   $1,392,589 54
2013/07/03 - $4,938 +26% 23 $215   $1,397,527 55
2013/07/04 - $7,511 +52% 23 $327   $1,405,038 56
2013/07/05 - $9,603 +28% 27 $356   $1,414,641 57
2013/07/06 - $13,741 +43% 27 $509   $1,428,382 58
2013/07/07 - $10,876 -21% 27 $403   $1,439,258 59
2013/07/08 - $3,567 -67% 27 $132   $1,442,825 60
2013/07/09 - $4,905 +38% 27 $182   $1,447,730 61
2013/07/10 - $4,824 -2% 27 $179   $1,452,554 62
2013/07/11 - $4,806 n/c 27 $178   $1,457,360 63
2013/07/15 - $2,274   28 $81   $1,486,348 67
2013/07/16 - $2,556 +12% 28 $91   $1,488,904 68
2013/07/17 - $3,023 +18% 28 $108   $1,491,927 69
2013/07/18 - $3,280 +9% 28 $117   $1,495,207 70
2013/07/19 - $6,678 +104% 22 $304   $1,501,885 71
2013/07/20 - $7,861 +18% 22 $357   $1,509,746 72
2013/07/21 - $6,659 -15% 22 $303   $1,516,405 73
2013/07/22 - $4,084 -39% 22 $186   $1,520,489 74
2013/07/23 - $5,378 +32% 22 $244   $1,525,867 75
2013/07/24 - $4,536 -16% 22 $206   $1,530,403 76
2013/07/25 - $3,841 -15% 22 $175   $1,534,244 77
2013/07/26 - $1,475 -62% 14 $105   $1,535,719 78
2013/07/27 - $1,383 -6% 14 $99   $1,537,102 79
2013/07/28 - $1,856 +34% 14 $133   $1,538,958 80
2013/07/29 - $862 -54% 14 $62   $1,539,820 81
2013/07/30 - $984 +14% 14 $70   $1,540,804 82
2013/07/31 - $751 -24% 14 $54   $1,541,555 83
2013/08/01 - $865 +15% 14 $62   $1,542,420 84
2013/08/02 - $3,169 +266% 17 $186   $1,545,589 85
2013/08/03 - $6,081 +92% 17 $358   $1,551,670 86
2013/08/04 - $3,779 -38% 17 $222   $1,555,449 87
2013/08/05 - $1,738 -54% 17 $102   $1,557,187 88
2013/08/06 - $1,872 +8% 17 $110   $1,559,059 89
2013/08/07 - $2,514 +34% 17 $148   $1,561,573 90
2013/08/08 - $2,081 -17% 17 $122   $1,563,654 91
2013/08/09 - $2,074 n/c 10 $207   $1,565,728 92
2013/08/10 - $2,441 +18% 10 $244   $1,568,169 93
2013/08/11 - $1,573 -36% 10 $157   $1,569,742 94
2013/08/16 - $497   8 $62   $1,575,482 99
2013/08/17 - $674 +36% 8 $84   $1,576,156 100
2013/08/18 - $559 -17% 8 $70   $1,576,715 101
2013/08/19 - $1,155 +107% 8 $144   $1,577,870 102
2013/08/20 - $763 -34% 8 $95   $1,578,633 103
2013/08/21 - $617 -19% 8 $77   $1,579,250 104
2013/08/22 - $301 -51% 8 $38   $1,579,551 105
2013/08/23 - $809 +169% 6 $135   $1,580,360 106
2013/08/24 - $1,604 +98% 6 $267   $1,581,964 107
2013/08/25 - $1,069 -33% 6 $178   $1,583,033 108
2013/08/26 - $632 -41% 6 $105   $1,583,665 109
2013/08/27 - $444 -30% 6 $74   $1,584,109 110
2013/08/28 - $334 -25% 6 $56   $1,584,443 111
2013/08/29 - $447 +34% 6 $75   $1,584,890 112
2013/08/30 - $268 -40% 4 $67   $1,585,158 113
2013/08/31 - $399 +49% 4 $100   $1,585,557 114
2013/09/01 - $279 -30% 4 $70   $1,585,836 115
2013/09/06 - $1,205   9 $134   $1,587,041 120
2013/09/07 - $2,234 +85% 9 $248   $1,589,275 121
2013/09/08 - $1,832 -18% 9 $204   $1,591,107 122
2013/09/09 - $942 -49% 9 $105   $1,592,049 123
2013/09/10 - $1,158 +23% 9 $129   $1,593,207 124
2013/09/11 - $840 -27% 9 $93   $1,594,047 125
2013/09/12 - $1,498 +78% 9 $166   $1,595,545 126
2013/09/13 - $63 -96% 4 $16   $1,595,608 127
2013/09/14 - $48 -24% 4 $12   $1,595,656 128
2013/09/15 - $185 +285% 4 $46   $1,595,841 129
2013/09/16 - $35 -81% 4 $9   $1,595,876 130
2013/09/17 - $52 +49% 4 $13   $1,595,928 131
2013/09/18 - $51 -2% 4 $13   $1,595,979 132
2013/09/19 - $47 -8% 4 $12   $1,596,026 133
2013/09/20 - $198 +321% 5 $40   $1,596,224 134
2013/09/21 - $711 +259% 5 $142   $1,596,935 135
2013/09/22 - $75 -89% 5 $15   $1,597,010 136
2013/09/23 - $56 -25% 5 $11   $1,597,066 137
2013/09/24 - $270 +382% 5 $54   $1,597,336 138
2013/09/25 - $286 +6% 5 $57   $1,597,622 139
2013/09/26 - $45 -84% 5 $9   $1,597,667 140
2013/09/27 - $130 +189% 4 $33   $1,597,797 141
2013/09/28 - $185 +42% 4 $46   $1,597,982 142
2013/09/29 - $132 -29% 4 $33   $1,598,114 143
2013/09/30 - $35 -73% 4 $9   $1,598,149 144
2013/10/02 - $33   4 $8   $1,598,182 146
2013/10/03 - $45 +36% 4 $11   $1,598,227 147
2013/10/04 - $292 +549% 2 $146   $1,598,519 148
2013/10/05 - $317 +9% 2 $159   $1,598,836 149
2013/10/06 - $202 -36% 2 $101   $1,599,038 150
2013/10/07 - $306 +51% 2 $153   $1,599,344 151
2013/10/08 - $198 -35% 2 $99   $1,599,542 152
2013/10/09 - $371 +87% 2 $186   $1,599,913 153
2013/10/10 - $232 -37% 2 $116   $1,600,145 154

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/11/23 74 $4,167   4 $1,042   $212,653 7
2012/12/07 94 $1,529   2 $765   $227,874 7
2012/12/14 88 $1,525 n/c 3 $508   $232,856 14
2013/01/04 86 $598   1 $598   $241,629 7
2013/01/11 67 $4,582 +666% 2 $2,291   $250,535 14
2013/01/18 67 $638 -86% 1 $638   $263,436 21
2013/01/25 76 $1,168 +83% 1 $1,168   $276,692 28
2013/02/01 80 $1,720 +47% 2 $860   $283,612 35
2013/02/08 83 $706 -59% 2 $353   $316,222 42
2013/02/15 86 $862 +22% 1 $862   $331,414 49
2013/02/22 88 $360 -58% 1 $360   $336,750 56
2013/03/01 83 $2,684 +646% 2 $1,342   $340,236 63
2013/03/08 98 $466 -83% 1 $466   $343,564 70
2013/03/15 97 $266 -43% 1 $266   $349,462 77
2013/03/22 112 $310 +17% 2 $155   $353,510 84
2013/03/29 119 $200 -35% 1 $200   $356,880 91
2013/04/05 115 $187 -7% 1 $187   $361,385 98
2013/05/10 52 $27,053   2 $13,527   $388,438 3
2013/05/17 26 $131,589 +386% 23 $5,721   $536,488 10
2013/05/24 28 $128,458 -2% 26 $4,941   $722,854 17
2013/05/31 22 $114,445 -11% 39 $2,934   $901,424 24
2013/06/07 26 $142,256 +24% 70 $2,032   $1,091,659 31
2013/06/14 30 $83,354 -41% 63 $1,323   $1,244,157 38
2013/06/21 38 $42,308 -49% 33 $1,282   $1,331,453 45
2013/06/28 48 $27,770 -34% 23 $1,207   $1,384,911 52
2013/07/05 32 $34,220 +23% 27 $1,267   $1,439,258 59
2013/07/12 37 $24,800 -28% 28 $886   $1,464,058 66
2013/07/19 55 $21,198 -15% 22 $964   $1,516,405 73
2013/07/26 61 $4,714 -78% 14 $337   $1,538,958 80
2013/08/02 56 $13,029 +176% 17 $766   $1,555,449 87
2013/08/09 73 $6,088 -53% 10 $609   $1,569,742 94
2013/08/16 94 $1,730 -72% 8 $216   $1,576,715 101
2013/08/23 76 $3,482 +101% 6 $580   $1,583,033 108
2013/08/30 91 $946 -73% 4 $237   $1,585,836 115
2013/09/06 85 $5,271 +457% 9 $586   $1,591,107 122
2013/09/13 104 $296 -94% 4 $74   $1,595,841 129
2013/09/20 101 $984 +232% 5 $197   $1,597,010 136
2013/09/27 102 $447 -55% 4 $112   $1,598,114 143
2013/10/04 105 $811 +81% 2 $406   $1,599,038 150
2014/01/17 60 $2,015   1 $2,015   $1,602,160 255

Box Office Summary Per Territory

Territory Release
Date
Opening
Weekend
Opening
Weekend
Theaters
Maximum
Theaters
Theatrical
Engagements
Total
Box Office
Report
Date
Canada 10/12/2012 $0000$0
 
International Total$0

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Cast

Michael Polley    Narrator
Harry Gulkin    Himself
Susy Buchan    Herself
John Buchan    Himself
Mark Polley    Himself
Joanna Polley    Herself
Cathy Gulkin    Herself
Marie Murphy    Herself
Robert Macmillan    Himself
Anne Tait    Herself

Production and Technical Credits

Director    Sarah Polley
Screenwriter    Sarah Polley
Producer    Anita Lee
Executive Producer    Silva Basmajian
Editor    Michael Munn
Director of Photography    Iris Ng
Production Designer    Lea Carlson
Costume Designer    Sarah Armstrong
Recordist    Sanjay Mehta
Composer    Jonathan Goldsmith
Casting Director    Jason Knight
Casting Director    John Buchan