TELL ME WHO I AM is a documentary based on a book of the same title by twin brothers who grew up privileged in a large home outside of London. The drama begins when, at 18, Alex Lewis has been sent into a coma by a brain injury sustained in a motorcycle accident. When he wakes in the hospital, the first person he sees is his twin, Marcus, whom he immediately recognizes. Apart from that familiar face, he remembers nothing, not his own name, his mother, his home, what a bicycle is, or that he lost his virginity to his girlfriend, another person he can’t remember. Because he trusts his twin, Alex accepts Marcus’ as a tour guide to their shared past and his descriptions of their lives, their parents, and their childhood. Their father is depicted as a vile, angry, and distant figure, and the mother a kooky social butterfly who made them laugh. After the death of both parents, the twins clear out the huge house and Alex first encounters sex toys and other indications that perhaps Marcus has been hiding something from him. In part two, Marcus explains his 30-year effort to save Alex from the anguish of remembering sexual abuse at the hands of their mother. In part three, the twins talk about healing themselves by sharing what they’ve been holding back for decades.
Reaction to the film
State of the Art NYC host Savona Bailey-McClain was not sure what the documentary was all about but it caught her attention. This documentary involves more than one story. First the story how Al Lewis survives a devastating accident and the loss of his memory. That story alone is compelling but then the discovery of child abuse changes everything. The love between these brothers is great. How they protect each other is beautiful. State of the Arts NYC host highly recommend this documentary. The preying of children seems to grow but is constantly swept under the table. In this film, one learns how adult children can heal and move on with their lives in healthy ways.