Monday, March 04, 2019

Review of 'Three Identical Strangers'

Documentary about the experiments on adopted-away twins (and, in the case of the main characters in the film, triplets) carried out by psychoanalyst researchers in conjunction with a Jewish adoption agency. There is a lot of anger on the part of the research subjects, because they were separated in early life and neither they nor their adoptive parents were told that they had siblings.

Research like this couldn't be done now, but I think the researchers at the time didn't have any sense at all that they had breached any ethical or moral boundary...though the extent to which they subsequently tried to keep what they'd done covered up suggests that they worked out pretty quickly that not everyone else would feel the same way.

As a film it's actually a bit long, with a lot of the developments being drawn out longer than necessary for the sake of the narrative. But it's compelling to watch.

Seen on All4 catch up.

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