Programmer’s Note: If you want the full effect and unfiltered surprise of this improbable and delightful stranger-than-fiction documentary—and trust us enough to take our word for it—please stop reading now, avoid the trailer, and make a solid plan to catch this when it opens. You will not regret the decision. OK? Fair warning. If so inclined, read on.
New York, 1980: Three complete strangers—Bobby Shafran, Eddy Galland, and David Kellman—make the astounding discovery that they are identical triplets. Separated at birth, adopted, and raised by three different families, the 19-year-olds are reunited by chance. Their story sets the tabloids on fire, and the triplets suddenly become famous around the world. The brothers forge a relationship and become fast friends. They move in together in a swinging bachelor pad and open a restaurant that skyrockets to success. The toast of Manhattan, the triplets are living the high life. But their fairy-tale reunion sets off a chain of events that ultimately unearths an extraordinary and sinister secret that could answer controversial questions at the heart of human behavior.
Director Tim Wardle, teaming with production company Raw, as well as CNN and Channel 4, has crafted a gripping, juicy conspiracy thriller that becomes so much more complex. THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS evolves from pulp nonfiction into a multi-layered deliberation on nature versus nurture and the existential dilemma of what makes us who we are. (From the 2018 Sundance Film Festival Program Guide)
“It's a compelling ride. But the film also manages to accumulate a layered look at the nature of brotherhood, parenting, adoption, and above all the power we do or do not have over the mental and emotional tendencies woven into our DNA.” —Natalia Winkelman, Film Threat “THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS may be non-fiction but it's structured and composed like the best short story you've never heard. And it's one that definitely proves the dictum that life is stranger than fiction.” —Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
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