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Obras por Sarah Polley

Away from Her [2006 film] (2006) — Director/Screenwriter — 68 exemplares, 1 crítica
Women Talking [2022 film] (2023) — Director — 27 exemplares
Take This Waltz [2011 film] (2014) — Director/Screenwriter — 25 exemplares, 1 crítica
Stories We Tell [2012 film] (2013) — Director/Screenwriter — 21 exemplares, 1 crítica
Alias Grace [2017 mini series] (2018) — Screenwriter — 17 exemplares
Go 4 exemplares
Road to Avonlea - Season 02 (2008) 3 exemplares
Mein Leben ohne mich 2 exemplares
Away from her 1 exemplar
Road to Avonlea - Season 07 (2008) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Dawn of the Dead [2004 film] (2000) 236 exemplares, 2 críticas
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen [1988 film] (1988) 229 exemplares, 1 crítica
John Adams [2008 TV mini series] (2008) — Actor — 193 exemplares, 3 críticas
eXistenZ [1999 film] (1999) 95 exemplares, 3 críticas
Splice [2009 film] (2009) 65 exemplares
Exotica [1994 film] (1995) — Actor — 52 exemplares
The Sweet Hereafter [1997 film] (1998) — Actor — 41 exemplares
One Magic Christmas [1985 film] (1985) — Actor — 36 exemplares
Mr. Nobody [2009 film] (2006) — Actor — 34 exemplares, 4 críticas
Don't Come Knocking [2005 film] (2006) 28 exemplares
My Life Without Me [2003 film] (2003) 26 exemplares, 1 crítica
Babar: The Movie [1989 film] (1989) 24 exemplares, 1 crítica
Sugar [2004 Film] (2004) — Actor — 21 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Hanging Garden [1997 film] (1997) — Actor — 14 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Claim [2000 film] (2001) — Actor — 13 exemplares, 1 crítica
Slings and Arrows: Season 3 (2007) — Performer — 13 exemplares, 1 crítica
Lantern Hill [1990 film] (1991) 8 exemplares
Guinevere [1999 film] (1999) — Actor — 5 exemplares
Trigger [2010 film] (2011) — Actor — 4 exemplares
Road to Avonlea: The Complete Television Series (2006) — Actor — 2 exemplares
Women Talking — Narrador — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
film director



My goodness but Sarah Polley has certainly had a lot of challenges in her life. More power to her for writing this book and then narrating the audiobook.

Most Canadians of a certain age will know who Sarah Polley is. She played the lead in the TV series The Girl from Avonlea and essentially grew up on the set. During this time her mother died of cancer and her father, probably from grief, went into a significant depression. Add to that emotional upheaval, Sarah had significant scoliosis causing her a lot of pain. Since her father was unable to parent her, at a young age Sarah moved out of the family home. During this time she met Jian Ghomeshi, a host on CBC radio programs. Ghomeshi was later accused by multiple women of sexual assault and Sarah says that she was sexually assaulted by him when she was 16 years old. In a trial in 2016 Ghomeshi was acquitted of five charges but Sarah did not bring her allegation against him. Sarah did a lot of acting but her intention was always to write screenplays and direct. which she started doing once she became a mother. She has had some good success at this but this time period was also beset by problems. One daughter was born premature and had to be kept in the NeoNatal Intensive Care Unit for a long time. Sarah also suffered a concussion when a fire extinguisher fell on her. She had concussive symptoms which affected her memory, attention, ability to cope etc. for a substantial period of time. Eventually she was able to get treatment at a clinic in the US and has gotten her life back. In fact, the title of the book was advice from the doctor who treated her. As a proud Canadian she said she was sorry that she had to go outside of the medical system in Canada and she is still a supporter of our socialized medicine.

This book is not a memoir as such but rather a series of essays about her life challenges but, of course, we do learn a lot about Sarah.
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gypsysmom | 6 outras críticas | Apr 23, 2024 |
Some years ago, as an undergraduate in English literature I was taught to question the authority of a narrator in the novels we read.

The great pursuit of understanding who the narrator is and why they tell their stories from their vantage point helps to counterbalance the natural human tendency to warp reality to suit our purposes.

For me this search begins with Cervantes’ magnum opus Don Quixote, and the somewhat lesser famous Moll Flanders by 18th century novelist Daniel Dafoe.

We weren’t applying this critical reasoning to non-fiction, but I was reminded of this pursuit reading two excellent and quite thought-provoking memoirs, the first Open: An Autobiography by tennis great Andre Agassi and more recently Run Towards the Danger: Confrontations with a Body of Memory by actor and film director Canadian Sarah Polley.

Agassi tells the story of a boy who despite hating tennis is dragooned into a punishing routine of hours upon hours of returning tennis balls fired at him by a tennis “dragon” by a father who is obsessed by the vision of his son becoming not just any tennis professional, but the best in the world.

Polley tells of the encouragement she received as a child by her parents to take a major role in a TV series based on the writings of Lucy Maude Montgomery with only a measured regard for the child’s safety or personal development.

Sarah obviously had a talent in front of the camera and her family stood to benefit financially. She was told the money would go toward her university education. Her family enjoyed expensive vacations together.

Was it worth it?

Well, Sarah’s mother died early in young Sarah’s acting career from cancer. Her father suffered debilitating grief from the loss of his wife. Sarah herself never got the university education she was promised in spite of being an enterprising reader. Her TV directors and handlers left her frequently in harms way of special effects, a stalker, long working hours, months away from her friends, and in a kind of Twilight Zone of parental love and parental neglect.

And two-thirds through the book the author now in her 40’s tells us she’s been in therapy for 20 years.

It’s about this time I put on my critical hat and ask myself about the author’s sanity given all the injuries she’s suffered, the lunatics in showbiz she has been subject to, the dangerous surgeries she’s undertaken to correct scoliosis — a spine deformity she had as a child — painful endometriosis, a dangerous placenta previa pregnancy, an unlucky concussion from a falling fire extinguisher, an equally unlucky sexual misadventure with now-disgraced radio personality Jian Gomeshi, the complications arising from the delivery of a premature child, and a mind-bending bout of stage fright at the Stratford Festival.

Child exploitation comes in many forms. Andre Agassi experienced one form. Sarah Polley experienced another. And we on the outside only see the benefits of celebrity. A lot of parents never see their children succeed so spectacularly, but at what price?

I listened to Polley’s memoir as an audiobook performed by the author herself. She’s a talented performer and she can be very funny. I highly recommend the audio version of this work.

But I myself worked in the theatre as a teenager and I can tell you there’s no way to exaggerate some of the crazies you meet in that business.
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MylesKesten | 6 outras críticas | Jan 23, 2024 |
Great story about her adversity and experiences
kslade | 6 outras críticas | May 4, 2023 |
Great book on challenges Sarah had as a child and an adult. After a concussion she had to be proactive to beat its effects.
kslade | 6 outras críticas | Apr 28, 2023 |



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