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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.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Some very smart people are missing the boat on this one, which surprises me because Layton's magnificent final shot couldn't be more pointed. There is no ambiguity, no mystery, no unanswered question (apart from what happened to the real Nicholas Barclay, which is no doubt a sad but thoroughly commonplace story that we'll never hear). And while there's a twist at the end, it's not the one cited in most of the reviews I've read. The Imposter is many things—an incredible true story, a queasy black comedy, a formally audacious doc/fiction hybrid, an uninflected portrait of a sociopath—but first and foremost, it's a creative essay about confirmation bias, an "affliction" that, as we see here, spares nobody. Whether through…
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…
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This was a very, very well-made, visually appealing documentary. While there were scenes of "re-enactments" they were beautifully done. The camera work in The Imposter was close to genius. There is a scene towards the end, when the private investigator is standing next to the hole being dug in the backyard, where the camera zooms in on an aerial view, that will stay with me for a long time.
It is not just Frédéric Bourdin, the Frenchman posing as a Texas boy who went missing almost 4 years prior who makes me sick, surprisingly enough. Former FBI special agent Nancy Fisher terrifies me, in the fact that someone so incompetent was in charge of helping the public. The fact that…
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…
The Imposter is a terrifying film. I use the word 'film' rather than 'documentary' because it surpasses the limited scope of conventional documentary filmmaking. At every turn it shirks the traditional trappings of its genre and reaches for something new. To say that it uses recreations to illustrate the turns and twists of its narrative would be equally unjust. 'Recreations' in the traditional sense are scenes of actors delivering round-about dialogue that usually undermine the authenticity of their subject. The Imposter doesn't give us recreations but impressions; images convey the events without contaminating them with artifice. Instead of narrowing our relationship with the truth, The Imposter uses a visual palette to expand it. The story becomes alive and accessible in…
Ya sabes Marge, me gustan los documentales fríos, las mentiras familiares fuertes, y los agentes del FBI inútiles, inútiles
Great documentary/reenacment movie with a twist, narrated by the imposter himself!
The movie is so well arranged that you will be left with plenty to think about after you watch it. What was the best thing about this movie is that you will/should be asking yourself - have i just been manipulated by the movie? ;)
Great movie for unsettling your family members.
Un documental muy bien hecho donde todo está contado de tal forma que uno se sorprende con cada giro. Una prueba más de que la realidad se empeña en superar a la ficción.
I'm not sure how this family went on that long with this lie, but I'm sure if I was an imposter I would be caught in the first 14 minutes
very weird movie, very weird people in it
A 23 year-old French drifter in Spain pretends to be an abandoned child to get himself taken into care, and then convinces the authorities he's actually a Texan boy who's been missing for three years, at which point the kid's family fly him to America, evidently believing his story to be true. And this actually happened; this is a documentary, remarkably featuring the titular fraudster himself recounting his story to camera, interspersed with interviews with members of the missing child's family as well as investigators, plus some smoothly integrated reconstructions. Clearly this is a remarkable story, though there are times during the first half where it feels as though unnecessary filler has been added so that we don't get into…
i, a mixed race girl from north london, look more like that kid than crazy mcgee does
I am so scared right now
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