Stories we tell

Finding the elusive truth
Pixie Bigelow and Deirdre Bowen
Directed by Sarah Polley

Stories told in the movies are often unearthed from the bric-a-brac of our own lives, since life teems with narratives. For her first documentary, Sarah Polley lifted the veil on a family secret whose revealing caused her and her close ones much, much heartache. Polley ("Take this Waltz") is an Oscar-nominated writer, actress, and filmmaker who's made two feature films about intimate ... more >

Take This Waltz

Take this Waltz

It just happens. A staggeringly natural film
Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen and Luke Kirby
Directed by Sarah Polley

The moment of truth in Sarah Polley’s "Take This Waltz" occurs when two of its principals are buck naked. Showering in the locker room after a dopey swimming class, Margot (Michelle Williams), a married woman secretly tempted to stray, and her sister-in-law Geraldine (Sarah Silverman), more happily married but a recovering alcoholic, pontificate on the inevitability of domestic boredom. “New ... more >


Filled with thrills but ultimately disappointing
Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley and Delphine Chanéac
Directed by Vincenzo Natali

The buzz about "Splice" has been almost universally positive. Manohla Dargis of the New York Times described it as “a lot of unnerving fun,” and David Edelstein, on Fresh Air, lauded it as “a strange and wonderful brew!” I agree wholeheartedly with these assessments…but only as they apply to the first half of the film. Let me explain. The film starts out entirely in a good direction; we’re ... more >

Away from Her

It's never too late to become what you might have been
Julie Christie, Michael Murphy and Gordon Pinsent
Directed by Sarah Polley

The first question that arises when viewing Away from her is how Sarah Polley, the 28-year old Canadian actress who has directed the film can know so much about aging, the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease, and the way the two elements of a couple can rub against each other like pebbles on the beach until the edges are smooth, yet retain so many seemingly washed-away memories and ... more >