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.
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Starts out as the damnedest tall-tale in the weekly tabloids and heads into dark places that shouldn't be spoiled. This is an Errol Morris knock-off: eye contact with the camera, recreations, provocation through frustration. The filmmakers may be guilty of some manipulation, playing up emotions and eliding where it suits them in lieu of answers they don't have. But damn if it doesn't give you a lot to think about.
Listen, Long Islanders love Billy Joel. That they would create a bevy of Billy Joel clones and distribute them randomly to adoptive parents without regard to the ethics of the situation is about par for the course. I'm sorry for spoiling the movie. Typical Long Islander move.
It's an incredible story that raises thought-provoking questions about the ethical nature of psychological studies and its preconceived notions of "greater good." It's hard to look at the subject of nature vs. nurture the same way ever again. That said, TIS is not a great film. It's excessively manipulative (in all the wrong places), doesn't dig deep enough and its structure takes away the pleasure of discovery.
Interesting, funny, sad, alarming, frustrating. This documentary conveys the full gamut of human experience through the eyes of one unique situation. Laudable.
The story does this.
If only the filmmaking and execution matched up.
80/100 - Great.
This is one of those documentaries where the strength of its subject rises above the faults in its construction. With limited footage, the film has to tell more than it can show; with the abundance of info being presented, those endless talking heads can get tiresome. But, it is an incredible and emotionally stirring story that raises some damning questions about psychology. Despite its flaws, it does resonate.
I go in expecting a feel-good character piece on the pleasantries of reunification and identity, and instead I walk out shaken to my core over some of the darkest Illuminati-proving shit I've ever seen.
At first i did not think much of this, the first part all feel good story nonsense. But it got serious. This film raises a lot of questions. Who are these powerful secretive jews that conduct tests that ruin lives and dont release the results or the whys? What is most powerful, nature or nurture? What else is going on behind the scenes? It ends on a positive note, but the jury is still out on nature and nurture.
6.6/10 “a documentary fashioned in its safest route to allure a mass audience but relative to its sensitive and contentious subject matter, the outcome is less than enterprising.”
my full review: https://wp.me/p1eXom-3GH