An invisible red thread
connects those destined to meet,
regardless of time, place, or circumstances.
The thread may stretch or tangle,
but it will never break

old Chinese saying

What would it be like to discover one fine day that there is actually someone else out there who looks exactly like you? Who talks and moves the same way, has the same likes and dislikes. Someone with whom you don’t have any shared experiences, but who somehow understands how you think and feel. We may have all fantasized about such a scenario as child, but it is what happened for real in case of American actress Samantha Futerman and French designer Anaïs Bordier.

Poster of the movie on Samantha Futerman and Anaïs Bordier’s story

Their incredible story starts in December 2012, when a friend sends Anaïs a screenshot of a video with an actress who looks just like her. After a frenzied search on internet, Anaïs manages to trace her doppelganger. She discovers that Samantha has also been adopted and has the same date of birth and birth place. Anaïs hooks up with Samantha via facebook and skype, and their immediate and natural bonding is ultimately confirmed by a DNA test.

In an even more baffling twist of fate, a colleague’s visit to a butcher shop leads Jorge Enrique Bernal Castro to the life changing discovery that he has an identical twin brother living in the same city. But Jorge’s shock gets doubled when he realizes that the brother of his identical twin is in fact the identical twin of the brother he has grown up with. It turns out that ‘fraternal twins’ Jorge Enrique Bernal Castro and Carlos Alberto Bernal Castro and ‘fraternal twins’ Wilber Cañas Velasco and William Cañas Velasco have been accidentally swapped as babies.

Colombian twins
Jorge Enrique Bernal Castro, William Canas Velasco, Carlos Bernal Castro and Wilber Canas Velasco (photo: Natalio Cosoy)

Both amazing, larger than life stories are a true testimony to the strength of the red thread of fate, weaving its magic into the lives of ordinary people. The kind of stuff for movies. In fact, Anaïs and Samantha released a film about their story last year, while the four Colombian twins have attracted the interest of twin researchers, and a book about them is in the planning. Miracles do happen!

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