Director Tom Berninger and his brother Matt capture an authentic portrait of brothers inside and outside the band. Tom’s intimate concert footage mixed with his talking straight to camera segments, rambling interviews, and general mischief make for a uniquely compelling film only loosely exploring the nature of rock and roll. The Berninger brothers wisely use The National as a band, their tour, and career as an entry point to reveal their own feelings about their respective talents and ambitions. It’s biggest plus is how it shows its subjects unpolished in genuine situations, revealing their real feelings in every moment.
Canadian actress turned filmmaker Sarah Polley continues to show her skill and talent as a storyteller beyond being a writer or director, but also as a daughter, sister, and documentarian. Stories We Tell is an unconventional narrative documentary about Polley’s own family, their secrets, and how the family itself tells its own story. Every family has their secrets and the lies they tell each other.
Instant: The Story of Polaroid.