'Three Identical Strangers' is Your New Favorite Psychological Documentary and Opens Tomorrow at the Cedar Lee

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On his first day of college in 1980, 19-year-old Bobby Shafran was immediately shown kindness and friendship by people he'd never met before. As it turns out, Shafran was being confused for another person, triggering a classmate to inquire about Bobby's birthday and whether or not he had been adopted.

When it was uncovered that yes, he was adopted, this classmate connected him with his friend Eddy Galland, who turned out to be Shafran's long lost twin. After a reporter covered the story about their reconnection, another 19-year-old named David Kellman reached out to reveal that he was also adopted, and he would complete the trinity of long-lost triplets.

After their reunion, it was discovered that the three identical brothers were all raised from vastly different backgrounds. One was raised with a blue-collar family, another was adopted into the middle-class, and the third was raised with an extremely wealthy family with a doctor father and an attorney mother. This is starting to sound like a chapter in a psychology textbook, isn't it?

The three brothers quickly became local celebrities in New York City, and even got an apartment together after appearing on The Today Show and Phil Donahue. However, the anger from their adoptive parents sparked an investigation on why the Louise Wise Adoption agency (one of the most prestigious adoption centers in New York) would separate three identical siblings, and the documentary takes an insidious turn that has to be seen to be believed.

Without spoiling the film's jaw-dropping reveals, Three Identical Strangers is a captivating analysis of one of the most ethically questionable moments in America's psychological history. Their heartwarming reunion made for great television but the deeply problematic circumstances surrounding their separation is the true highlight of Tim Wardle' remarkable documentary. From the first minute until the final credits, Three Identical Strangers puts you in a vice-grip and never lets go.

Three Identical Strangers is a must-see for anyone that binged Making A Murderer, The Impostor or listened to Serial. Every moment is absolutely riveting, and once it's seen, you won't be able to stop talking about it.

Three Identical Strangers opens tomorrow for a week-long run at the Cedar Lee Theatre. 

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