Tomorrow night -- Sunday -- CNN is airing a documentary Three Identical Strangers. It got released theatrically last year, and CNN was involved with it, which is why they have the rights and are putting it on. I suspect it's on their schedule now, just days after the Oscar nominations, because they thought it would get a Best Documentary nomination, and so planned ahead to make it as visible as possible. Alas, it didn't get a nomination. The "alas" is because it was tremendous. And it's one of the few serious shocks (as opposed to mere surprises) I have from the nominations. In fairness, I haven't seen all the other documentaries, so they might be even better. But -- well, let's put it this way: I have an Academy-member friend, and after he saw Three Identical Strangers in the theater he told me he was going to vote for it as Best Picture. To be clear, he didn't mean just Best Documentary, but Best Picture, period.
And it won the Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival. But didn't get an Oscar nomination. Well...I hope all the other four are even better. Because this is a gem.
I'm not going to tell you what the documentary is about because, while it's very interesting from the first, at one point it takes a bunch of twists and turns that throws you for a loop. And I don't want to give anything away.
What I will do is post the trailer -- though if you have any idea in watching the documentary only one day away, I suggest you don't watch it. It doesn't give everything away. But it hints at it, and lays the groundwork for where the twists go. I think only those who are somewhat intrigued but probably don't plan to watch it should. But it's your choice.
It airs on CNN this Sunday at 8 PM in Los Angeles. Your time may vary.
And by the way, if it's something you really want to see, it worth getting the DVD from Netflix or Amazon Prime. That's because one of the bonus features on the disk is a panel discussion for the movie with most of the participants and filmmakers, and you get some absolutely fascinating updates.