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184 Ratings

Three Identical Strangers

Directed by Tim Wardle
United States, 2018


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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Three Identical Strangers Directed by Tim Wardle

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2018 | Winner: U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Storytelling

National Board of Review

2018 | Winner: Top 5 Documentaries

BAFTA Awards

2019 | Nominee: Documentary

While this is standard talking-head TV, Strangers is distinguished by its persistent approach to the investigative documentary, framing a story but not content to leave it in an easy box. Technically it’s competent, with a distinguishing feature being the archival footage of the triplets, bringing their sweet smiles easily back to life, and a probing soundtrack from Paul Saunderson helping distract from the artificiality of the reconstructions.
January 19, 2018
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There is value in seeing the brothers, well-rehearsed in their verbal paces though they obviously are, in their present-day form, as well during their media peak. . . . There are some decisions I found flat-out irritating: the increasing application of Schindler’s List violin in Paul Saunderson’s score to hammer home the tragedy of it all in the third act, the hand-holding decision to show again, at the end of each act, footage we’ve just seen not five or ten minutes earlier in a new context.
January 19, 2018
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The film is an artfully constructed investigative narrative structured to give us the sense of discovering, along with the boys and their families, several layers of buried secrets and lies that blighted their adult lives. If ever a story called for multiple narratives and deep digging into the past it’s this one.
June 28, 2018
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