In Sarah Polley’s films, I have encountered something that I have never found in another filmmaker- the ability to convey heart wrenching emotion and make me cry every time (literally, every time), but not out of emotional manipulation or throwing in ‘cheap’ moments. Rather, she’s able to convey such raw, real, human emotion, and really is able to make the audience forge a connection with the character, overcoming all boundaries of not having experienced the event etc to make them feel like they are part of your family. She makes events so intimately personal, even if they’re not part of the viewer’s life.
Watch an excellent conversation between Polley and Greta Gerwig, which is in addition to, you know, adoring the film, why I handed over the extra cash for a Criterion copy of Frances Ha. Happy birthday Sarah, I absolutely can’t wait to see what you come up with next.