Michael Powell Award Competition / European premiere

The Imposter

  • Bart Layton /
  • UK /
  • 2012 /
  • 95 mins

Frédéric Bourdin, Carey Gibson, Beverly Dollarhide, Charlie Parker, Nancy Fisher / Documentary / English

Nicholas Barclay was 13 years old when he disappeared from his San Antonio home in 1994. Three years later he was found in southern Spain and returned to his overjoyed parents. Yet how could they not notice their son's change of hair and eye colour, or the fact he now spoke with a pronounced French accent? Truth is definitely stranger than fiction in this highly original and compelling documentary about con-artist Frédéric Bourdin and the Texan family who inexplicably welcomed him into their home.

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  • #1 James Robertson / Saturday 23 June, 2012 / 01:06 GMT

    Maybe the best movie I've seen this year, reminiscent of Capturing the Friedmans, but with an even crazier true story. "The truth" really doesn't exist when talking about these cases. Amazing.
  • #2 Jay Tee / Sunday 24 June, 2012 / 12:45 GMT

    I was truly captivated by this film. Amazing story & brilliantly effective interview techniques & editing make for great storytelling.
  • #3 Gregor Greene / Tuesday 26 June, 2012 / 11:50 GMT

    A strange and compelling film. A deliberation on the nature of truth and lies that had me completely gripped.

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