Movie Review: Tell Me Who I Am

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The following is a movie review "Tell Me Who I Am" by Marc Primo.

Release date: October 18, 2019 (United States)
Director: Ed Perkins
Language: English
Production companies: Lightbox
Producers: Jonathan Chinn, Josh Braun, Simon Chinn

Submitted: December 12, 2019

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Tell Me Who I Am

The following is a movie review “Tell Me Who I Am” by Marc Primo.

Release date: October 18, 2019 (United States)

Director: Ed Perkins

Language: English

Production companies: Lightbox

Producers: Jonathan Chinn, Josh Braun, Simon Chinn

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SPOILER ALERT: Perhaps one of the most riveting documentaries that rivals the best fictional plot twists in movie history, Ed Perkins’s Tell Me Who I Am tells the tale of British twin brothers Alex and Marcus Lewis and a web of lies, love, and heartbreaking closure.

Their story is told with a chilling account of how Alex wakes up on a hospital bed from a horrific motorcycle accident which leaves him to forget most of who he is, what happened in his life so far, and who the people around him are. He forgets everything except his twin brother Marcus.

Gone from his memory was his mother’s identity, his father’s and girlfriend’s, and all his childhood up to his late teens, but thankfully Marcus was there to guide him back to normal life in every step Alex takes during his recovery. The twins come from a very affluent family but their father was very distant that Marcus had to remind Alex to address the man as ‘sir’. Alex does what he is told and for every detail that Marcus tells him about growing up?—?the fun-filled family vacations, the great parties, the normal family life they all led, he eats everything up as the truth. Everything spirals downward when their mother dies and a secret manifests that reveals that Marcus had all along been feeding Alex lies since his accident.

First thing that would come to mind when watching Tell Me Who I Am is just how strong the ties that bind twins really are. Like a well-written drama for fiction that conveniently leaves Marcus as the only person that Alex remembers after his accident, the story weaves into a plot with a recipe for a classic drama-mystery formula.

What helps engage audiences to this broody yet interesting documentary is the cinematography of Patrick Smith and Eric Wilson that goes well with the re-enactment executions. Perkins captures the picture-perfect lies that Marcus had told Alex through family photos on holiday then effectively descends the happy memories into the horrific reality that was concealed for decades.

The face-to-face confrontation between the twins, wherein the truth was finally revealed in a videotaped confession, will keep you in your seat and grip your heart like never before. The storytelling is engaging from the start but the conclusion will leave you satisfied and moved to tears, though still yearning for more of the brothers’ lives to be revealed further.

Overall, Tell Me Who I Am is a true cinematic gem but a tragic real-life story that you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. In the end, you’ll only be left accepting facts and truths and wondering if sometimes lies are the better alternative to lead a happy life.

 


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