About:

Title: Twinsters
Released: 2015

Fix: Documentary on Long-Lost Twins
Platform: Netflix

Netflix Summary:

This documentary chronicles the true story of a French fashion student who discovered via the Internet an identical twin she never knew existed.

FYA Summary:

(Netflix’s description is somewhat misleading; while technically true, the movie is more told from the perspective of Sam, an American actor and a co-director of this documentary.)

As an impressionable singleton when It Takes Two and Lindsay Lohan’s The Parent Trap came out, Young Me had definitely imagined what it’d be like to have a long-lost twin. Thanks to Youtube, of all things, Sam and Anaïs no longer have to wonder. But they’re just beginning a journey to learn more about each other and themselves that will rack up some serious travel points.

(Un)Familiar Faces:

Samantha Futerman and Anaïs Bordier as themselves

Both adopted as babies from South Korea, Sam and Anaïs grew up an ocean apart in the U.S. and France, respectively. Sam has acted in a several supporting roles so far, but none more important than for a Youtube video in which she punches a guy in the peen — aka the actual impetus for the twin discovery, when it caught the attention of Anaïs during her final year of fashion school in London. The obvious physical similarity aside, Sam and Anaïs quickly learn they have way too much in common for everything to be a giant coincidence.

Couch-Sharing Capability: VIP

This remarkable story is a total crowd pleaser, but the abundance of love onscreen will also tug at the heartstrings. Afterwards, you’ll want to hug your family, however you choose to define that. So you might as well save some effort (and explaining the context for spontaneous displays of appreciation) by watching this with them.

Recommended Level of Inebriation: Laissez-Faire

There’s no need to get sloshed to the point of seeing double — er, quadruple, but you could always pay homage to Anaïs’ nationality avec du vin.

Use of Your Streaming Subscription: Good

It’s easy to get jaded about social media nowadays, so it’s always nice to find an example of technology bringing people together — especially when they’re twins that were separated at birth.

Mandy (she/her) lives in Edmonton, AB. When she’s not raiding the library for YA books, she enjoys eating ice cream (esp. in cold weather), learning fancy pole dance tricks, and stanning BTS. Mandy has been writing for FYA since 2012, and she’s been overseeing all things FYA Book Club since 2013.