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(Chelsea McMul­lan, Canada). 80 min­utes. Rat­ing: NNN It’s a story that’s stranger than fic­tion, and it’s ir­re­sistible: as adults, Toronto sib­lings

Michael and Shan­non Han­mer dis­cov­ered that their late fa­ther, John, had started an­other fam­ily in Thai­land and that they had two half-sib­lings also named Michael and Shan­non.

Film­maker Chelsea McMul­lan, a friend of the Cana­dian sib­lings, fol­lows them as they travel to meet their new fam­ily mem­bers and fol­low John’s trail to the site of his 2000 mur­der in the Philip­pines.

It’s in­trigu­ing and at­mo­spheric, though the re­liance on mon­tage se­quences in the third act sug­gests that this might have been bet­ter at a shorter length. In the end, the Han­mers’ quest doesn’t quite pro­duce enough ma­te­rial for a fea­ture. NW Apr 29, 9:45 pm, Sco­tia­bank 4; Apr 30, 1:15 pm, TIFF 3; May 7, 9:45 pm, Hart House

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