STORIES WE TELL and LIV & INGMAR
Cinema, by its very nature, is voyeuristic. We sit in the darkness and delve into peoples’ lives––in turn emerging from the imagination of others––and sometimes make an immediate connection with them like no other art form can achieve on a similar scale. But what happens when, instead of mining for inspiration in the outside world or within their fertile minds, filmmakers and/or actors turn the camera around and examine their own lives with, what may be described as, subjective detachment?
Two fascinating documentaries screened at the recently concluded Mumbai International Film Festival did just this with equally satisfying results. The first, Stories We Tell, is a film by Canadian actress/filmmaker Sarah Polley who discovered a few years ago that her father, Michael Polley, is in fact not her biological parent and that she was born out of wedlock when her actress mother Diane Polley had a relationship with another man while she was in Toronto for a play in the late ‘70s.