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    Jan162016

    Saturday movie review: Twinsters

    When it comes to book selections, I typically read a couple novels then alternate with a non-fiction of some sort, usually from the biography, memoir, or essay categories.

    I do the same with movies. I watch a few dramas then feel the need to balance out the fiction with something real, some sort of documentary. As I recently watched and reviewed THE REVENANT, CONCUSSION, and JOY (funny that they were all dramas based on true stories, right?), I found myself craving a documentary this week.

    Twinsters

    The winner of my scroll through Netflix Streaming was TWINSTERS, an autobiographical film about a twenty-something Korean gal named Samantha who lived in California and, in a bizarre twist of events possible only because of the Internet, learned she had an identical twin living in Paris that she previously had no idea existed. Samantha and her newfound sister, Anais, connected through Facebook, then Skype, then — before confirmation they were even legitimately related — face to face.

     

    Samantha and Anais' too-good-to-be-true connection and finding of one another is intriguing and touching. The girls begin with nervous chatter back and forth then eventually settle into comfortable banter, revealing their surprising similarities. When they meet in person, they appear too scared to even touch one another (much less hug, which I was rooting for to my husband), and hesitantly touch each other back and forth, digesting the reality they seemingly had a doppelganger if not a genuine identical sister. Sam grew up with two brothers and Anais was an only child, both adopted when babies, so the idea they had a sibling with whom they had a unique connection was exciting... and frightening.

    Ultimately, the connection is beautiful and tender. They cling to one another, hold hands wherever they go, comfortably sleep in the same bed, soon share their families.

    TWINSTERS is about so much more than meeting a sibling you never knew you had, though. The film shows a spectrum of feelings and connections I never considered for adoptive children and those who love them. The girls are devastated by the refusal by their birth mother to acknowledge their existence. They're overjoyed by being wholly accepted into one another's adoptive families. They're heartbroken by living on opposite sides of the world. And they're comforted by the steps they've taken to come full circle in their journey, embracing their past and their Korean culture.

    Ultimately, TWINSTERS is a tale of unconditional love, acceptance, and forgiveness. And proof that the Internet provides life-changing experiences, not just time sucks.

    TWINSTERS is the first film I've seen that came to be courtesy a Kickstarter campaign. The credits included a lengthy list of "Kickstarter Angels," which I have a feeling we'll be seeing more and more in cinematic releases. If those to come are as moving and impressive as TWINSTERS, my queue of must-see films will likely grow more quickly than my list of those released by major — or independent — studios.

    Samsung certainly saw the value in the tiny film (and story) of Samantha and Anais, and released this four-minute mini-doc in support of one of its devices designed to help folks connect:

     

    TWINSTERS (rated PG-13 "for brief strong language") premiered at last year's South By Southwest Film Festival and is now available on Netflix Streaming. Find out more about the film and the twins' story on the TWINSTERS Facebook page.

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    Reader Comments (14)

    This film certainly sounds like a heart-warming one to see! Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

    January 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    Added to my queue. Thanks!

    January 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPatti

    Sounds like a great film with compelling themes. It would be so weird to integrate (as a young adult) to the idea of having a twin. How wild that they found each other?

    January 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Austin

    Oh this sounds like such an inspirational film that I have to see it! I can't imagine any birth mother rejecting their babies, even after they're adopted into loving families. Thank goodness these two connected in time! Thanks, Lisa!

    January 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCathy Chester

    I haven't heard of this, but it sounds like one I would like to see. What an incredible story!

    January 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCarol Cassara

    Seriously- If I didn't read you regularly I' wouldn't know what to read or watch. Thanks for the suggestion- again.

    January 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl Nicholl

    Ooooh this sounds like a good one. The premise is intriguing. Love your movie reviews (still on the fence about The Revenant but I'm sure my husband will talk me into it).

    January 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHelene Cohen Bludman

    Love your recommendations! I haven't yet seen The Revenant - but maybe i should. TWINSTERS sound like a must!

    January 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Dolgen

    You always find such interesting movies! Definitely going to check this one out!

    January 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLois Alter Mark

    Love the trailer! I have to see this one. Looks like a tear-jerker for sure...but a good one!

    January 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCarolann

    I've seen this offered and now need to add it to my list. Thank you for the review, I look forward to enjoying it!
    Kimberly

    January 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

    It sounds like a lovely film. I don't think it's compelling enough for my taste though.

    January 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterEstelle

    Adding to my queue as well! Thank you for doing the leg work and seeking out good movies to share with us.

    January 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa

    Definitely watching this one! Thanks for the recommendation. Jenna met her half sister at the age of 20 -- I can't imagine meeting your twin! WOW!

    January 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc
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