“When you’re in the middle of a story, it isn’t a story at all but rather a confusion, a dark roaring, a blindness, a wreckage of shattered glass and splintered wood, like a house in a whirlwind or else a boat crushed by the icebergs or swept over the rapids, and all aboard are powerless to stop it. It’s only afterwards that it becomes anything like a story at all, when you’re telling it to yourself or someone else.” – Michael Polley
Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Dec 2013)
Brief Synopsis – A documentary about the life of Diane Polley and her immediate family told from the memories and perspectives of close friends and family, directed by her daughter Sarah Polley.
My Take on it – I was shocked at how bold and open this movie was.
It is rare that we are given an intimate view of the life of an actor from the perspective and memories of her family and friends twenty-plus years after her death.
It is even rarer that the director herself (Sarah Polley) uses this story as a way for her to gather and document memories (good and bad) from the people who knew her mother best during her lifetime, especially when we learn many family secrets that perhaps some would rather prefer are kept secret.
This documentary is expertly done and it gives one an emotional look at how a person can be viewed by numerous perspectives even by all those who love them.
As much as I believe Blackfish (2013) is the strongest documentary that I’ve seen this year, it will have an uphill battle defeated this one at the Oscars since this had the added human emotional element.
Regardless, Sarah Polley has a bright future as a director if she keeps making movies like this one.
Bottom Line – Very bold and moving film that let’s us see numerous perspectives on how a life is viewed. Expertly done. Truly one of the best documentaries of the year. Highly recommended!
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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