The doc, THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS opens in the year 1980 when 19-year-olds Robert Shafran and Edward Galland found each other at the same community college and realized they were twins separated at birth. To each other’s surprise, they discover a third. Triplets at birth finding each other is news.
The surprise triplets became fast friends and overnight media sensations. Can the happiness last forever? Every story eventually has a dark side. The dark side involves the discovery at the adoption agency that the triplets (as are other twins) were part of an experiment conducted on human behaviour. The film’s best part is the insight given by a few of the interviewees.
One, a lady who worked at the adoption research centre gives her opinion that it was not considered inappropriate in those days to do experiments of this kind. Psychology was new and in, and it was a cool subject then, not like today.
A documentary is often as good as its subject. A far as Wardle’s documentary goes, what other film could have topped this with a more intriguing subject. THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS will eventually be praised as a film despite its glaring flaws. One wishes that more conclusion would have been presented regarding the experiments