Have you ever experienced the unusual circumstances of some stranger coming up to you and saying, “You look exactly like somebody I know!” If you have, as I have, then you understand that momentary shock that comes galloping in. Do I have a twin somewhere that I don’t know about? Has my family been keeping something from me?
That’s exactly what happens to Eddie Galland when he arrives for classes at a New York community college on the first day of class. Eddie knows no one and has never attended this college before, but people all over campus greet him like they know him. Guys give him a hearty hello, and some of the women even run up and kiss him.
Then a young man pulls him aside to tell him that he looks so much like his best friend Robert Shafran, there’s no denying the simple fact: they must be twins. This incredible story unfolds to reveal a darker side, and it’s all captured by filmmaker Tim Wardle in this artfully-made documentary. Although it hasn’t had wide release, it won’t be long before it’ll be available for streaming or at a cinema in the big city. Don’t miss it.
The story unfolds through no-nonsense reportative journalism with a smooth chronology. Using a series of news and television show clips, Wardle creates a sense of drama and sets the social circumstances as events related to the brothers’ incredible discovery come to light.
Even in these pre-Internet days of 1980, the news of the brothers’ reunion goes viral. In only a short time, their story makes headlines in newspapers everywhere. Then an incredible story becomes one that borders on miraculous. A third identical brother David Kellman comes forward, and the twins turn out to be triplets.
The three brothers, all of whom grew up in New York, find their way to fame and fortune. Guest appearances on popular talk shows, magazine features galore, and even a movie deal come their way. For the three nineteen-year olds, the whole whirlwind affords them little chance to process their circumstances.
The television interviewers are interested in their uncanny similarities. All three have been on wrestling teams, they have similar tastes in women, and their mannerisms mirror each other. At the time, no one asks questions about their adoptions.
Although they spent the first nineteen years of their lives apart, their time left will be spent together. They marry, start families, and open a restaurant together. As time passes, they have opportunities to delve deeper into their past. Hoping to discover the circumstances that led to their separation at birth, they stumble onto a dark secret.
When it comes to light, it shakes to the depths everything we believe about the way the world works. About integrity, about social justice, and ultimately about life and death. And all of that time three.
Rated PG 13
Marilyn Robitaille write reviews for the Stephenville Empire-Tribune and the Glen Rose Reporter.