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​Netflix Viewers Are Struggling To Process Harrowing Documentary Tell Me Who I Am

​Netflix Viewers Are Struggling To Process Harrowing Documentary Tell Me Who I Am

Netflix viewers are warning others to go in 'prepared' for harrowing new documentary Tell Me Who I Am, which has been described as a 'psychological thriller, but real'.

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The feature-length documentary tells the heartbreaking true story of a man who lost his memory after a motorcycle accident. However, it turns out that's only the half of it.

The film's official synopsis reads: "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."

Following the accident in 1982, Alex could only remember his name, where he was and his brother Marcus - which meant he had to rely on his sibling to help him with everything from thereon out, including the past he couldn't remember.

Marcus and Alex when they were younger. Credit: Netflix
Marcus and Alex when they were younger. Credit: Netflix

But in a bid to protect his brother from further trauma, Marcus made the decision not to tell Alex about their abusive childhood - a web of lies that he's forced to confront in the documentary, where the two are given a space to come to terms with what really happened.

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Unsurprisingly, the shocking truth proves difficult for Alex to swallow, who says in the film: "My life is not real. My life is the one you gave me."

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Director Ed Perkins told TIME: "It played out like a psychological thriller. And yet it was true.

"I was fascinated by the themes of brotherhood, the blurring of fact and fiction, memory and the question of who we are if we lose our memory."

While viewers are full of praise for the thought-provoking new documentary, many have admitted it's been a tough watch.

One person tweeted: "Oh my god. Has anyone else watched Tell Me Who I Am on Netflix? It's a psych thriller but it's REAL. I can't quite believe what I am watching. Quite incredible. Horrific too. Those poor brothers."

Someone else wrote: "I was not mentally or emotionally prepared for Tell Me Who I Am on @netflix... the last 15 mins are a tough but important watch."

Tell Me Who I Am is available to watch on Netflix now - just remember to brace yourself.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Documentary, Netflix

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]