Who would you trust to help you unearth the memories amnesia stole from you and reclaim the life you lost? Tell Me Who I Am, a Netflix original documentary released in 2019, examines this question through the lens of the Lewis twins, Alex and Marcus.
The two men, who were young adults at the time of Alex’s accident, have always shared everything with each other. Or so Alex thought.
Weaving together family footage, photos, and Marcus’ own recollection of events that unfolded in the Lewis household, the twins work to rebuild Alex’s memory in truth.
His and his brother’s harrowing childhood, however, is full of trauma Marcus initially withheld from him completely upending Alex’s understanding of their lives.
Tell Me Who I Am synopsis
The official synopsis of Tell Me Who I Am:
After losing his memory at age 18, Alex Lewis relies on his twin brother Marcus to teach him who he is. But the idyllic childhood Alex paints is hiding a traumatic family secret that the twins must finally face together decades later.
While the above synopsis shadows the Lewis family secret to maintain a sense of mystery and intrigue, it’s imperative potential viewers have a cursory understanding of what happened to the Lewis twins before diving into the documentary.
As reported by TIME and depicted in Tell Me Who I Am, Alex and Marcus are survivors of sexual abuse perpetrated by their mother and were neglected by their father. As such the movie goes into detail about the ways in which the Lewis brothers were treated by their parents.
It’s an intense documentary with sensitive subject matter including Alex and Marcus working through Marcus’ decision to keep the truth from Alex when he was the only one who could have told him they’d been abused.
Betrayal, healing, and the importance of telling the truth are key components of Alex and Marcus’ story as are the darker elements that shaped their childhood and changed their relationship.
Watch the trailer below:
Tell Me Who I am is available to stream now on Netflix.
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