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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Sometimes a kindness and a cruelty can be one and the same thing. People who truly love each other can forgive each other.
Positive Role Models
Out of presumed kindness, a young man tried to spare his sibling disturbing recollections of their shared past.
Violence & Scariness
Adults sexually abused kids. Graphic details.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man in his 50s discloses that he and his twin brother were sexually abused by their mother and numerous men she turned the kids over to until they reached the age of 14. Touching and masturbation are described. A man recalls that owing to memory problems, he lost his virginity twice to the same girl.
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"F--k" and "s--t."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tell Me Who I Am is a documentary that requires a spoiler alert in order to advise on the delayed revelation of sexual content. The documentary is about childhood sexual abuse as it describes the unthinkable treatment of twin boys by their mother over a period of many years. Although some is left to the viewer's imagination, a brief description of the abuse comes at the end as the twins, now in their 50s, discuss the effects their childhood secret has had on them. Touching and masturbation are described. The story is dramatically broadened by the fact that one twin had a memory-erasing motorcycle accident as an older teen, leaving the other twin to decide whether or not to reintroduce the painful memories to his recovering sibling. Language includes "f--k" and "s--t." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This documentary is an extraordinary piece of filmmaking. Director Ed Perkins recognized in the book Tell Me Who I Am by Alex and Marcus Lewis a horror story almost too strange and dramatically rich to be true. The sense of impending doom is skillfully established in Tell Me Who I Am's early moments -- a memory-wiping motorcycle accident is recalled, and a kindly brother helps his twin re-enter his forgotten life. But is the story he offers true? What is Marcus hiding from his brain-injured brother? This set of actual facts are ripe for actors and a fictionalized script, but it's unlikely that any other film about these two men could be better or more moving than this one. Because of its disturbing content this documentary is best for mature teens and up.
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