Sarah Polley on moments of levity —

"I remember being so taken with that: the idea that we can get really claustrophobic and sort of inward-looking when we make films about serious subject matter where we need to paint it as though it’s the only suffering in the world—like, our suffering, our particular struggle is the only thing happening. But, in fact, there’s an entire universe out there that’s pretty much indifferent to struggles that big, no matter how serious they’ve been in your life. And I feel like there’s always more that’s actually going on in real life than there is in a film about a grave situation. So it’s been really important to me to create moments where there’s a breath or moments where there’s a laugh or moments where there’s real life that’s allowed to seep in through the cracks of whatever melodrama is happening, because that’s what does happen in life. Some of the funniest moments I’ve ever experienced have been in the midst of tragic situations in my life.”

Still from Stories We Tell (2012)

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