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There are two sides to every lie.
It’s 1994: a 13-year-old boy disappears from his home in San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later, he is found alive, thousands of miles away, in Spain. Disoriented and quivering with fear, he divulges his shocking story of kidnap and torture. His family is overjoyed to bring him home. But all is not what it seems. Sure, he has the same tattoos, but he looks decidedly different, and he now speaks with a strange accent. Why doesn't the family seem to notice these glaring inconsistencies? It's only when an investigator starts asking questions that this astounding true story takes an even stranger turn.
What a piece of work is man!
Our species never ceases to amaze me. The fact that this increasingly bizarre story is real is something that still makes me dizzy from all the implications it bears with it.
This documentary is a masterful feat of storytelling and characterization without bias. It mixes the real with dramatization beautifully, thus slowly laying bare a story that is unbelievable, infuriating and captivating. It has the guts to place the titular imposter center stage, relying on the strength of his story. He is a bizarre character and the more I got to know about him, the more I felt myself being drawn into his story, wondering whether…
Having already seen the disappointing fictional film, The Chameleon, which also dealt with the same story I think it may have slightly impacted my enjoyment of this documentary as I was familiar with the many twists in this remarkable and often unbelievable story. However, that doesn’t change the fact that this documentary from debut feature director, Bart Layton, is an incredibly accomplished film that brilliantly weaves a story that raises far more troubling questions than answers.
It is best to go in knowing as little as possible about the events of the film which means I will avoid talking about specifics in my review and try and be as general as possible. However, if you still haven’t seen it just…
We've found a kid... about 14... 15 years old...
After working in television since 2004, mostly in the documentary genre, Bart Layton makes a brilliant feature film directorial debut with this stranger then fiction documentary. It helps that the story itself is so unbelievable, but a lot of credit needs to go to Layton for how he unfolds the story to his viewers. The film could easily be called a thriller as it contains more suspense then most big Hollywood films of that genre.
The film involves the disappearance of a 13 year old Texas boy in 1994 and the events that unfold when he is reported found over 3 years later in Spain. That should be enough of…
I don't wanna say much about this documentary because it's best you go in blind, but fuck me what a messed up story this is! It's one of the more intriguing documentaries I've seen in awhile and well worth seeing.
Fascinating, disturbing, and relentlessly gripping. The Imposter provides the perfect example of reality being far stranger than fiction. I don't want to give away a single detail of the plot or subject matter. Just go watch it. This is one of the best documentaries you'll ever see.
Puts question marks over everyones motives in the film.
I'm not really in the mood for reviews so I'll just say that this one was a bit underwhelming... Interesting content and well built structure but it never seemed to go anywhere.
I love documentaries like this and others such as 'Dear Zachary' that present a bizarre story and somehow the story gets progressively more insane... But it's real! 'The Imposter' features some stellar directing and small details that add so much tension and themes of the film. One of the best documentaries I've seen!
It trull scares me sometimes, how genuinely crazy people can be.
The last half an hour somehow made me think of the Paradise Lost series.
A great and mind blowing documentary. Must see for sure.
The two sentence synopsis is way more intriguing than anything that's recounted in this documentary.
Very interesting, very twisted story which plays more like a modern (very) Grimm fairytale than a documentary. Its telling is brilliantly naturalistic, to the point that I believed I was listening the actual people involved, not fantastic portrayals of them. I was totally immersed in the weird unease of it all.
Our central imposter (Adam O'Brian playing Bourdin) is immensely difficult to read, and I flipped between sympathy and repulsion, as he is revealed. His ability to tell his narrative believably, and cast doubts on all the characters we meet is deeply unsettling as we find out more.
The even-handed, open treatment of the story from both sides, and the strength of performance left me heavy with questions and doubts. A fine, dark film.
The Imposter is the extraordinarily true story of 20-something Parisian (Frédéric Bourdin) who convinced a grieving Texan family that he was their 16-year old son who went missing in 1994. The unceasing flow of information is set out so that the next piece of the puzzle is given when the film necessitates, meaning that the mystery grabs hold of you and never lets the film get bogged down with detail, nor does it allow boredom. The turns that the film takes only add to the level of complete absurdity, and at times it feels as though it could have veered into ridiculousness had it not been treated with such care. A story which must be seen to be believed.
One of my favorite documentaries of all time! It does use mostly reenactments and just on camera interviews but the story and the people involved keep you entertained and interested. It is best you go into this documentary without knowing anything about it. So don't research it or look up spoilers!
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