Tell Me Who I Am

Tell Me Who I Am

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Tell Me Who I Am

This documentary from Oscar-nominated director Ed Perkins follows a motorcycle crash victim's attempts to remember who he is through his twin brother.

"What if every memory that haunts you could be erased? What if something truly horrific had happened to you and the person who loves you most could wipe that from your mind? Would you want them to? This is the ethical dilemma that 18-year-old Marcus Lewis faced when his identical twin Alex awakened after a motorcycle accident and Marcus was the only person Alex recognised. With no memories at all, Alex relied entirely on his brother as he tried to understand who he was. Working from an autobiography by the twins, Perkins and the Lewis brothers craft a powerfully cinematic adaptation that helps the audience explore their incredible story and remarkable 35-year post-accident journey." (London Film Festival)

201985 minsUK
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Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

True-story tale Tell Me Who I Am has one hell of a hook. As a teenager, Alex woke up from a motorcycle incident with almost total amnesia. Unable to remember his own name, Alex somehow recognised his identical twin Marcus immediately. This miraculous moment of #twinning fascinates and their seemingly otherworldly connection recalls last year’s superb Three Identical Strangers. However, as the only person able to fill in Alex’s missing memories, Marcus tainted the kinship when he showed signs of being an unreliable narrator.

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Variety

Variety

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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.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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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.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

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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.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

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It’s hard to imagine a more crystalline look at the suppleness of someone’s self-identity than Ed Perkins’ Tell Me Who I Am, a documentary so harrowing and horrific that it can only bear to scratch at the surface of its remarkable story.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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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...

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Flicks

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

True-story tale Tell Me Who I Am has one hell of a hook. As a teenager, Alex woke up from a motorcycle incident with almost total amnesia. Unable to remember his own name, Alex somehow recognised his identical twin Marcus immediately. This miraculous moment of #twinning fascinates and their seemingly otherworldly connection recalls last year’s superb Three Identical Strangers. However, as the only person able to fill in Alex’s missing memories, Marcus tainted the kinship when he showed signs of being an unreliable narrator.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

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.

0
IndieWire

IndieWire

press

It’s hard to imagine a more crystalline look at the suppleness of someone’s self-identity than Ed Perkins’ Tell Me Who I Am, a documentary so harrowing and horrific that it can only bear to scratch at the surface of its remarkable story.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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...

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