Tim Wardle’s thrilling stranger-than-fiction documentary Three Identical Strangers starts off wearing the mask of traditional feel good tale. In 1980s New York, three teenagers, Bobby, Eddy and David, discover that they are triplets separated at birth. Immediately making up for lost time, the trio become inseparable and ignite a media circus in the process.

As the world marveled at their similarities, it is in their differences where the real story lies. In exploring what led to their separation in the first place, Three Identical Strangers uncovers a labyrinth of deception all leading towards a central question of whether it is nature or nurture that truly shapes the individuals we become?

While Wardle’s film argues for nurture, the answer is far more complex than that. As the story unfolds, and secrets are revealed, the film dives into thought-provoking topics such as the nature of separation anxiety, the psychology of parenting, ethics in the realm of scientific pursuits, genetic impacts of mental illness, and so much more.

Reminiscent of the early works of Errol Morris, through its sharp editing and well-timed re-enactments, Wardle ensures that the humanity remains at the forefront of the numerous twist and turns. The result is a mesmerizing and layered mystery that you will be thinking about for days.

Screens:
Thursday, April 26, 6:30 PM, TIFF Bell Lightbox
Friday, April 27, 1:30 PM, Scotiabank

1 Comment

  1. Triplets separated at birth? Omg, I don’t think I have read anything as interesting as that before. This is so fascinating to me! Me being part of a boy-girl twin-ship, I have read many stories about just twins being separated. Many thanks for drawing attention to this doc!

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s