What a triplet! Truth is stranger than fiction in doccie

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What a triplet! Truth is stranger than fiction in doccie

Reunion of twins separated at birth made headlines across the US. But another shocker awaited the two men

Kevin Kriedemann

What if you had a sibling you never knew existed? What if you had two? The much-talked-about documentary Three Identical Strangers poses these questions and many more. 

When 19-year-old freshman Robert “Bobby” Shafran walked into Sullivan Community College in upstate New York on his first day in 1980, he had no idea why everyone was calling him Eddy, or that his life was about to change irrevocably. 

Bobby had always known he was adopted. What he hadn’t known was that he had a double walking around. Not just someone who sort of looked like him, but an almost identical copy. An earth-shattering phone call and a two-hour drive at breakneck speed later, he was standing outside the home of Edward Galland, a complete stranger with whom he shared a birth date and, he was about to discover, a whole lot more. “As I reach out to knock on the door, it opens,” Bobby says in the movie. “And there I am. His eyes are my eyes; my eyes are his eyes.” ..

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