November 24, 2012

The Imposter (2012)

The Imposter (2012)
Directed by: Bart Layton
Country: UK

Summary: A documentary about a man who impersonated a missing 16-year-old boy.
Review: I just couldn’t believe in this real story. How can a Texan teenager who was reported missing for 3 years, suddenly returns from Spain with completely different features (including brown eyes instead of blue and a different accent), being claimed by the family as legit and ending up with a valid passport emitted by the US authorities? The answer should be: it’s impossible! But the truth is that a French guy named Frederik Bourdin did it. By using a false identity, he impersonated the missing teenager (and hundreds of other people along his life) and took his game too far. The movie narrative focuses on the motives of the imposter but also hides a sinister side involving all the family, increasing its impact.
Relevant awards: Grand jury prize (Miami).

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