Tim Wardle’s Three Identical Strangers begins as an outlandish fictional story which is stranger than fiction. As it unravels, there’s emotional as well as thrilling component of revelations – perhaps, more twists like a rollercoaster. In 1980 New York, three young men who were all adopted meet each other and find out they’re triplets who were separated at birth. Then they discover why. As unbelievably believable the triplets story is – Tim Wardle acts as a superior storyteller who takes through an engrossing, heartbreaking as well as darker journey.

Editor Michael Harte cuts the documentary like a thriller, the prominent factor is mounting a real story into a compelling manner. It sets on a feel-good way while drifting into a darker zone, Tim Wardle’s relentless detailing leads to an intriguing knockout. The trailer was so interesting, while by the end of the 96 minutes documentary I was shell-shocked. Being a brief student of Psychology, the sensitivity of parenting and nurturing has been studied thoroughly was questioned here. Three Identical Strangers can be termed as, “separated at birth – reunited – separated by tragedy.”

Three Identical Strangers endorses nature and nurture in an equality, it questions the relative liberty of human nature. Director Tim Wardle exclaims, “A lot of liberal ideology is based on the idea that nurture is really, really important. So when you start down the nature perspective you end up in quite a politically and scientifically dark place, a kind of eugenicist paradise where, ‘Why bother trying to help people?’ It’s all determined by biology anyway.”

The excitement of the brothers discovering each of them exists is most compelling, though it kind of pulls the rug out and looks like an unrequited emotion. It’s an undoubtedly incredible story, Tim Wardle’s riveting documentary lingers around existential question between nature vs. nurture – it’s a psychological dilemma.

Documentary | India Premiere | Time: 96 Mins
Section: World Cinema | Country: USA

Copyright ©2018 Ninad Kulkarni. This article may not be reproduced in its entirety without permission. A link to this URL, instead, would be appreciated.


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