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294 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

With its frequent dramatizations, zippy editing, and song-driven soundtrack, “Three Identical Strangers” may be said to indulge in the most potentially egregious of mainstreaming devices used in contemporary documentaries. Yet because the story itself is so, well, juicy, and the subjects one-time pop culture phenoms, the approach feels acceptable if not entirely “right.”
June 29, 2018
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It’s a startling story, and Wardle tells it well. There’s a jaunty playfulness to the early scenes, which gradually morph into something darker, more introspective and open-ended.
June 29, 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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