SXSW Festival: ‘The Lost Sons’ Review

1960s Chicago, a baby is kidnapped from a hospital. Fifteen months later, a toddler is abandoned. Could he be the same baby? In a tale of breathtaking twists and turns, two mysteries begin to unravel and dark family secrets are revealed.

As the story begins to unfold, you witness, hear and understand what happened in that hospital that day. The technology in that time frame was nowhere near where it is today, and it wasn’t as hard to just take a baby. Is the Paul? We don’t know right now, but the story of his upbringing felt standard outside of when he was old enough to find out some of the tidbits of him being kidnaped that his parents told him. He lived life usually and never question or second guess the truth.

Next, as he starts to question the truth, Paul’s parents offer to help but back out, and this is when we find out the truth. I stopped right here to think to myself, what in the world would I do, as your entire life has been a lie. Paul needed the truth, and as this story broke locally in Las Vegas, it broke EVERYWHERE, including a visit on Barbara Walters.

One of the biggest things for me that works on this documentary is the story-telling. Once you build the first portion of this story, you are hooked but what makes you need to know more is Ursula Macfarlane’s direction and how she let the story unfold in front of your eyes. As you listen to this development, and these experts speak about how it all happened, you are completely BLOWN AWAY.

Honestly, this story is captivating, heartbreaking, and leaves you continuously saying WHAT THE HELL! I was engaged, hooked, and reeled in from the get-go. It is a well-laid-out documentary that has an unbelievably insane story.

The Verdict: ‘The Lost Sons’ is an insane story that leaves you on the edge of your seat.

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