Three Identical Strangers from 2018 (Director: Tim Wardle, Stars: Robert Shafran, Edward Galland and David Kellman, Runtime: 96 mins)
I don’t review everything I watch or read. Sometimes its just a matter of not knowing really what to say. I also don’t review immediately after finishing something unless I’m doing those month long movie marathons. A lot of times, you have to sit with a movie. See how you feel after a few days. Three Identical Strangers is a film I have to talk about and also a film that’s stayed with me since seeing it a few days ago. This right now is my favorite film of the year.
This documentary is about Bobby Shafran telling the unbelievable story about how on his first day of college people were mistaking him for someone named Eddy. A friend of Eddy’s greets Bobby with information about Bobby’s birthday and that fact he’s adopted-because Eddy is his twin brother. The two go to meet Eddy Galland and sure enough, they are twins. Shortly after, David Kellman sees the article in the post, gets in contact with Eddy’s mother, and now they are triplets. Three identical 19 year olds who were separated at birth by the Louise Wise Agency who never told the parents that the kids were a part of a set.
The movies starts out joyous and then gets fucking dark. Fucking depressing. Ultimately crushing. Something was off about what the Louise Wise Agency did. One boy to a blue collar family, one to a middle class family, and one to a more affluent family. This was done on purpose. What’s that purpose? I don’t want to spoil any of it but its… Anger inducing. What’s crushing is following the lives of one these three brothers. I don’t even really want to talk about.
This film… God damn, just go see it.
(also, newest Mission Impossible was damn good.)