Tell Me Who I Am is an original documentary from Netflix directed by Ed Perkins. It is based on the book of the same and it tells the fascinating, tragic, but also wonderful story of twin brothers Alex and Marcus Lewis.
Sometime after Alex turns eighteen, he is in a horrible motorcycle accident not far from his home in England. When he awakens from a brief coma, he finds that he cannot remember a single thing, but he does recognize his twin brother Marcus. Alex relies on Marcus for everything. He is reintroduced to his parents. He meets his mother, who seems in denial about his condition and his cold, distant father who has a temper. Alex asks probing questions about their childhood and while Marcus’ answers seem vague, they paint the picture of an idyllic childhood. For years, Alex tries to rebuild his life, but after his parents die, he makes a startling discovery. His mother was not the woman he once knew. In fact, she was a monster. This discovery creates a rift between the brothers as Marcus refuses to give answers about their tragic childhood.
As for the aesthetics, the movie is a story about Alex discovering the idyllic picture Marcus told him was nothing more than a fantasy. The imagery, music, camera work, and everything in between help you to understand their plight. It matches well and does a good job of advancing the story.
This is one of the most tragic stories that I have heard in a long time. The documentary does a good job of addressing the contents of the Lewis twins without exploiting it. Instead, it is a story about two brothers who have secrets. While you hurt for Alex not knowing the truth, you also understand why Marcus made the decisions he did. He honestly felt like lying to his twin was the best thing to help him, but then comes to the realization that he only caused a rift by refusing to tell Alex the truth. In the end, it comes down to a story of redemption and one incredible story.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Strong Foul Language, Mature themes including abuse
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