Hot Docs 2018: Three Identical Strangers

Three men discover that they are triplets separated at birth in Three Identical Strangers. In 1980, Robert Shafran, Eddy Galland, and David Kellman discovery by accident that they are triplets separated at birth and adopted by different families. Their reunion results in the three to become minor celebrities, appearing on talk shows and even a cameo in the Madonna film Desperately Seeking Susan. However, the truth soon arises about why they were separated in the first place, with the results being quite shocking.

Three Identical Strangers is an amazing story that quickly turns incredible. The story kicks off when Robert Shafran arrives at college and finds himself mistaken for Eddy, with the news attraction of that reunion attracting the attention of David. At first, these three long-lost brothers are happy to finally be together after nearly two decades apart. However, questions are soon asked about why they separated, with the answers being a major shock to all involved.

Three Identical Strangers is a film that begins as very lighthearted public interest documentary about three long-lost brothers being reunited after years apart. However, things begin to move in a darker direction, as the truth about their separation becomes apparent. Three Identical Strangers is masterwork in editing, as earlier interviews are returned to, after more information is revealed. Overall, Three Identical Strangers is a completely unbelievable story with many twists and turns.

9 / 10 stars
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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).