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Tell Me Who I Am

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United Kingdom
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2019

1h 26m

Director Ed Perkins
Starring Alex Lewis, Marcus Lewis, Andrew Caley, Kathleen Rainey

Genre Documentary, Drama, Mystery

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When Alex crashes his motorcycle at 18 and loses his memory, he trusts his twin, Marcus, to tell him the story of his past. But the past Marcus reveals isn’t the truth — Marcus is withholding a dark family secret from his brother. This harrowing and heartbreaking documentary raises difficult questions about familial honesty and responsibility.

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TheWrap by Candice Frederick

Marked by evolving degrees of miraculous vivacity, dread, despair, and ultimately hope, Tell Me Who I Am reflects a fraternal relationship equally encumbered by truth and lies but strengthened by love and an unflinching revelation in real time. It is utterly staggering.
70

The New York Times by Glenn Kenny

Their moment of resolution at the end is very moving, but the movie also testifies that while love and forgiveness can ameliorate suffering, it can’t really wipe it all away.
70

Los Angeles Times by Justin Chang

In its most rewardingly complicated moments, this absorbing, incomplete documentary reminds us that there is nothing definitive about what we think we know.
50

Slant Magazine by Keith Watson

By focusing so narrowly on the Lewis brothers’ relationship with their mother, the film inadvertently minimizes the scope of their abuse.
75

Entertainment Weekly by Leah Greenblatt

But the truth, when it does come out, is devastating — to the point that it can feel invasive to watch such a profoundly private moment unfold on camera for our benefit.
40

Variety by Peter Debruge

In the documentary, the director appears to be interviewing the twins separately, but he’s really just filming them as they recite their own story. They’ve chosen their words carefully; they cry on cue; and they share just enough, while holding back an enormous amount of information.
80

The Hollywood Reporter by Stephen Dalton

This remarkable true story is a finely crafted exercise in slow-building suspense, though it works better as a gripping mood piece than as journalistic investigation, its raw confessional style slightly compromised by niggling narrative gaps and dramatic contrivances.
75

RogerEbert.com by Tomris Laffly

Their tangible shared pain quickly turns an awkward performativeness into a most genuine therapy session, one that is both disarming and uplifting to observe.

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