Three Identical Strangers

1 hr. 36 min. | Rated PG | Suicide references

Starring: Silvi Alzetta-Reali, Eddy Galland, Ron Guttman, David Kellman, Adrian Lichter

Up there with McQueen, neck and neck, in the best documentary of 2018 category, this superlative piece of screen journalism begins as a quirky human interest story about a set of New York triplets — Edward, David and Robert — who were separated at birth in 1961 and reunited, by a chance college encounter, when they were 19.

Cue wacky Eighties footage (they became local celebrities, their story is adorable), hilarious anecdotes and upbeat interviews. Suddenly, in one of the documentary’s many astounding twists, the plot thickens. The separations, apparently, were ordered from on high. Scientific research was involved. A cover-up is discovered.

Soon the film, expertly directed by Tim Wardle, is raising provocative questions about triplet research and the nature of free will. Best of all, it never loses sight of the three scarred subjects at the core of the tale, and of the sense of profound injustice inflicted on blameless children. Unmissable.

The Times (5 STARS)

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