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Tell Me Who I Am

Netflix documentary about two twin brothers. Alex was in a serious motorcycle accident that caused him to lose all memory of anything before the event: the only thing he remembered was that Marcus was his brother. Marcus spent the next several years teaching Alex how to ride a bike, tie his shoes, and rebuilding Alex’s childhood. I won’t say too much more about the film as not to give anything away, as watching how the story unfolds is part of what makes the film so powerful. It is beautifully filmed, using archival video footage and family photographs interspersed with both men in the current day telling their stories. The way the script is written gives it the feel of a mystery, and the combination of music, film scenes and coloration gives it an overall haunting quality. What evolves is surprising, sad, and shocking. Big thumbs up for a film that explores the nature and construction of memory; it also shows the power of two people that are so deeply connected to each other. (2019; 4.5 stars)

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