Summary: is an amazing film not just for its incredible true story but also for how they combine cinematic elements to objectively present all the case elements to its audience, inviting judgement but also thoroughly clouding it.
Excerpt: In 1994, 13-year-old Nicholas Barclay disappeared after storming out of his San Antonio home. Three years later, his family got a call from a Spanish juvenile center, where a man claiming to be Nicholas had been found. Bart Layton’s documentary The Imposter follows what happened next, and it’s one wild story, about a wily European who convinced the Barclays he was their long-lost son.
Excerpt: Nicholas Barclay was 13 years old when he disappeared from San Antonio, Texas in 1994. His family wept, and searched, and held out hope. Three years and four months later, they got a call. Their Nicholas had been found, alone and without identification, in Spain. When they brought him back, no one seemed to think it all that strange that his hair had changed color. Or that his eyes had too. Or that he had a bad case of five o'clock shadow.
Excerpt: Truth is often stranger than fiction as this jaw-dropping documentary proves. The story would be disconcerting as fiction, and it is cruel and heart-wrenching as the truth. There are as many twists and turns as in a suspense-thriller, and while watching the audience will have to remind themselves that no-one could possibly make up this improbable plot. The spoiler is in the title.
Summary: Few films in the past year have matched the narrative cunning of Bart Layton’s captivating true-crime documentary The Imposter . Perhaps only next to Craig Zobel’s Compliance in its ability to generate disbelieving cries of “oh COME on” from viewers (though the latter has a distancing layer of being completely dramatised), The Imposter ’s scintillating, chillingly suspenseful account of how Frenchman Frédéric Bourdin passed himself off as the missing child of a Texan...
Summary: Det kan vara ett av de märkligaste och obehagligaste bedrägerifallen som världen någonsin skådat. Ett typexempel på när verkligheten överträffar dikten. Men i den delvis dramatiserade dokumentären “The Imposter” saknas nerv och spänning.