The Chameleon trailer starring Janssen and Barkin
The Chameleon is a film from the director Jean-Paul Salomé, his first English language film in fact, and it has a sprinkling of strong talent. Famke Janssen and Ellen Barkin to begin with, then there's Marc-André Grondin, Emilie de Ravin (who isn't Lost any more), Nick Stahl and Brian Geraghty.
The story is intriguing, and what's more is it's based on a true story, the story of a teenager who convinces everyone that he is someone that he's not, even the family that lost their son some three years ago.
This is the story of Frédéric Bourdin who passes himself off as many other people, pretending to someone he's not for his own gain. His biggest ruse was when he passed himself off as Nicholas Barclay, a thirteen year old American who had disappeared three years before. By passing himself off I mean he convinces the police and even Nicholas' own family, despite the amazing fact that Nicholas' eyes were blue and Bourdin's brown, and he had a French accent.
However an FBI agent doesn't believe that he's who he claims he is and begins digging, but it's a race against time to out the true identity of the boy whom no-one wants to believe is anyone other than who he says he is.
The Chameleon seems an interesting story, and the trailer looks intriguing, and I am a complete sucker for Famke Janssen, not just because she's one of the most alluring women on screen, but because I discovered what a wonderful actress she was in a film called The Treatment (Filmstalker review), which really opened my eyes to her talent.
Now sitting alongside Ellen Barkin and a cast of younger actors and actresses that look good on the trailer, I think we could be seeing another quiet but strong film for her.
Here's the trailer which comes through Cinematical:
Interestingly in the true story a local private investigator took three months to expose him using a DNA test, despite him living with the family for all that time and they never even guessed. He claimed he had been taken by a child prostitution ring and was jailed for six years.
When he returned from the US and his imprisonment he continued to pass himself off as other people for some four years, even while appearing on television shows and news interviews. It wasn't until some four years later that he married a woman and had a child. Interesting story indeed.