The Imposter trailer tells a shocking true story
The Imposter presents a terrifying and shocking story about a child who is missing for more than three years and turns up in a foreign country a very different person from when he first went missing. The authorities, family, everyone believes that he is the missing child returning home, except for an FBI agent who just keeps digging.
The documentary looks at these events through dramatised reconstructions and interviews, and reveals the shocking truth behind the story of The Imposter.
When I saw this trailer and prepared to write about it something sparked in my mind and I went on a long search of the Filmstalker archives, that returned a single article on a trailer for a new film called The Chameleon, and one I'll return to after I've talked about The Imposter. First though, here's the blurb for the film:
A gripping thriller straight out of real life, The Imposter is an original film experience that walks the razor's edge between true-crime documentary and stylish noir mystery. The twisting, turning tale begins with an unsettling disappearance--that of Nicholas Barclay, a 13 year-old Texas boy who vanishes without a trace. Three and a half years later, staggering news arrives: the boy has been found, thousands of miles from home in Spain, saying he survived a mind-boggling ordeal of kidnap and torture by shadowy captors.
His family is ecstatic to have him back no matter how strange the circumstances--but things become far stranger once he returns to Texas. Though the family accepts him, suspicion surrounds the person who claims to be Nicholas. How could the Barclay's blonde, blue-eyed son have returned with darker skin and eyes? How could his personality and even accent have changed so profoundly? Why does the family not seem to notice the glaring differences? And if this person who has arrived in Texas isn't the Barclay's missing child... who on earth is he?
Now, before I delve into the true story, here's the trailer for The Imposter which you can also see over at Apple Trailers:
I think one of the big selling points of The Imposter is that it features Frédéric Bourdin, the boy who pretends to be other people and manages to convince people that he's really the missing child Nicholas Barclay despite the fact that Nicholas' eyes were blue and Bourdin's brown, and that he has a French accent.
The story of Bourdin was told in the film The Chameleon which starred Famke Janssen and Ellen Barkin, it follows the story of Bourdin, what he did, what happened in this case and followed the events afterwards.
Rather than spell it all out here and threaten to spoil your enjoyment of the documentary I'll point you to the article for the trailer of The Chameleon which tells you the story of Bourdin and the Barclay case and goes beyond where this case ends.
The documentary The Imposter does look fascinating though, more so because it has Bourdin and the family interviewed and uses dramatic reconstructions in the telling of the story.
Showing at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012, this is a definite must see for me.