Sunday, October 6, 2013

Stories we tell, in film and psychodrama

I'm told Stories We Tell is an intelligent, sensitive, quietly moving documentary film about family secrets and lies, myths and truths, memory and forgetting. I've not seen the film, but this single clip reminds me so much of the value of psychodrama and it's ability to tell our stories -- and reframe them.

The narrator says:

"When you're in the middle of a story, it isn't a story at all -- but only a confusion, a dark roaring, a blindness. It's only afterwards that it becomes anything like a story when you are telling it  to yourself -- or to someone else."

Oscar-nominated director Sarah Polley offers a genre-twisting film about her mother, released in 2012, that playfully excavates layers of myth and memory to reveal the truth at the core of a family of storytellers.