Three Identical Strangers
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This is not your typical daytime talk show “lost sibling reunion” segment. The documentary Three Identical Strangers tells the story of Bobby, David and Eddy, who at 19 years of age discover they are identical triplets who were adopted by three different Jewish families from the Louise Wise Adoption Agency in New York City. The heartwarming tale of sibling reconnection, however, soon becomes horribly heartbreaking. The men eventually learn that while their parents were told their children were being monitored to study the effects of adoption, they were actually part of a secret study on nature vs. nurture. They were, essentially separated at birth to be used as a control group. And they were not the only ones. Directed by Tim Wardle.
- Robert Shafran
- Michael Domnitz
- Howard Schneider
- Ellen Cervone
- Alan Luchs
- David Kellman
- Hedy Page
- Alice Shafran
- Elliott Galland
- Mort Shafran
Did You Know?
- Debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in early 2018.
- The Volvo used in the initial sequences was a later model year (from the 80's) than the actual year (in the 70's).
- Robert Shafran: When I tell people my story, they don't believe it. I guess I wouldn't believe the story if someone else were telling it, but , I'm telling it and it's true, every word of it.
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Such a well told story. So intriguing. Try not to read anything about this before you see it, it takes some turns and it will keep your interest the whole time.
Incredible story told at a great pace with a theme that’s relevant to all and will generate thoughtful debate. So worth seeing.
Rather than working so hard to steer viewers’ emotional reactions, Wardle could have trusted in the provocativeness of his material and endeavored to provide broader context for this entrancing tale.
This is a strange, ultimately quite distressing story touched by tragedy, told by Wardle with great skill and compassion in a brisk, consistently absorbing package.
Where some see coincidence, Wardle finds a true-life conspiracy, and pursues it all the way to conclusion after gripping conclusion.