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In Stories We Tell, Sarah Polley solves a family mystery

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Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases, premieres, current events, or occasionally just our own inscrutable whims. This week: In honor of the Netflix release of Sundance sensation Dick Johnson Is Dead, we’re looking back on other documentaries with deeply personal angles.


Stories We Tell (2012)

The hook is as immediate (and tawdry) as a tabloid headline or afternoon talk show: Canadian actor-director Sarah Polley (who aptly made her international breakthrough in a tale of complex familial circumstances, Atom Egoyan’s 1997 The Sweet Hereafter) dishes the dirt about her family and its history. Narrated by her father, the esteemed British-Canadian actor Michael Polley, Stories We Tell is both an exercise and an opportunity for the many members of the Polley family (whom we hear from, individually and collectively) to reconstruct the life of the late Diane McMillan and acknowledge the hole her 1990 death left in their lives.

For as long as she’s been alive, Polley has heard whispers about her parentage. Coming off the success of her Oscar-nominated Away From Her, she set out to explore the history of her mother, McMillan, partially as a way to address those years of gossip and hearsay—to head some theories off entirely, while getting at a truth that would leave all parties satisfied. Everyone has their say: her brother, her sister, her father, Diane’s friends and lovers. Their contradictory accounts and clashing remembrances hold equal footing; they’re part of Polley’s logical attempt to solve the mystery of her own origins. Memory, her film acknowledges, isn’t fixed; it’s a protean and elusive phenomenon that allows us to convert the objective into the subjective.

All these things percolate in the mix alongside personal dissatisfaction, Montréal sensuality, and exquisite ’70s fashions. There’s an ambition to Stories We Tell, dramatically and narratively, that calls to mind Orson Welles’ F For Fake—this is a similarly tricky film that has its cake and eats it, too. The reenactments are shot on 8mm, and for viewers of a certain age, the texture of that medium is almost synonymous with memory; it triggers the same synapses as childhood reminiscence. Much of this footage is a re-creation of possible events shot years after the fact, and the Diane Elizabeth McMillan it presents is an actor presenting a physical embodiment of the concept that the many Polleys have spent time trying to express. But though she’s not an actual part of the family, she allows the viewer an unexpected (and unprecedented) degree of empathy for the real Diane and for the real (and reel) Polleys.

Rational and reasoned and blessedly Canadian, Stories We Tell lays the twists and turns of the Polley family history out for all to see, encouraging the viewer to analyze, dissect, and unravel the many skeins of their own family history in turn. Simple questions, the whos and the whys especially, do not always yield simple answers, and it’s a testament to the story that Polley and her family tell that when catharsis does arrive, it is revelatory and confusing and unexpected. No two families share the same exact story, but each step taken—every choice made of the near-infinite possibilities in creating and raising another life—resonates with someone, somewhere.

Availability: Stories We Tell is currently streaming on Amazon Prime and on Tubi TV (with ads). It can also be rented or purchased digitally from Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, Microsoft, Redbox, Fandango, and VUDU.

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Radhika Apte reveals real reason why she got married

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Radhika Apte needs no introduction to Kollywood fans after her appearance as Superstar Rajinikanth’s wife in ‘Kabali’ directed by Pa Ranjith.  The intense actress impressed with her performance of a meek girl to a mother of a grown-up and especially her reunion scene with Rajini took the audience on an emotional ride.

Radhika is happily married to her British boyfriend Benedict Taylor who is a singer and she shuttles between Mumbai and London to balance her personal and professional life.

Radhika Apte in her most recent interaction with Vikranth Massey on social media from London has admitted that she does not believe in the institution of marriage.  When asked why she got married the talented performer replied that it is easier for married people to get a British visa and that’s why she and her man opted for it in 2012.

Radhika is currently chilling with Taylor in their London home during the lockdown and will soon start filming her next English film ‘Noor Inayat Khan’ in which she plays a spy based on a true story.

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Jacqueline Fernandez shares picture of her being in ‘happy place’

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Actor Jacqueline Fernandez is working on a secret project where she found herself in a ‘happy place’. Taking it to Instagram on Sunday, the 35-year-old actor shared a picture dressed up like a traffic police officer as she is seen laughing her heart out.

“How was everyone’s Sunday?? Fun project coming up soon! #myhappyplace,” wrote Fernandez along with a picture where she is also seen holding a coffee mug. The ‘Kick’ actor also shared a few Instagram stories of her getting ready for the upcoming project.

Recently, the actor extended gratitude to her fans after the number of Instagram followers hit the 46 million mark.

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Why an ‘active’ approach to risk modelling is key to navigating markets today

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Whether investors are aiming for a cautious approach or a riskier investment profile with the potential for higher returns, Architas’ Blended Fund range is designed to match a range of investor risk appetites. And like many asset managers, Architas predominantly uses two approaches to define asset allocation within the five risk bands used in the Blended Range – strategic and tactical.

Whilst risk model provider EValue’s quantitative approach to asset allocation takes into account the long-term performance of different asset classes and the likely future performance given current valuations, along with long-term measures of volatility and correlations with other asset classes. Yet as with most systems of its kinds, EValue focuses on the long term; it is unable to analyse short-term market movements and fluctuations. So whilst it would have seen that in Q1 2020 markets fell by a record percentage before rebounding, it will not be able to factor in the cost of the coronavirus and lockdown and its impact on markets. Similarly, it is not able to consider ongoing Brexit woes, geo-political trade wars or the outcome of the US election in 2020.

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