The Imposter is a half-documentary half reenactment of the case of a 13 year old boy who went missing, and the boy who was found who might, or might not, have been him.
In 1994 a young boy was kidnapped and went missing for three and a half years. Then one day it seems he was found thousands of miles away. He comes home and the family accepts him. They believe this boy is theirs, and he has a harrowing story of kidnapping and torture that makes it almost believable. But his skin tone and eye color is just a bit different, and he has an accent. It’s true that people can develop accents over time when they’re abroad, and that’s even more true of younger people but he can’t seem to shake his new accent, and his temperament is different. Could it be that this isn’t their son?
And why can’t the family see it? Such is the tale of The Imposter!
Bart Layton directed The Imposter, which just recently opened at Sundance to solid reviews. The film combines real interviews with reenactments in a way that is said to mess with your head. Because of this it toes the line between truth and fiction in a way that is rarely seen. Sounds interesting.
The Imposter Trailer
The Imposter Release Date
July 13, 2012.
Who’s In It?
Adam O’Brian … Frédéric Bourdin
Anna Ruben … Carey Gibson
Cathy Dresbach … Nancy Fisher
Alan Teichman … Charlie Parker
Ivan Villanueva … Social Worker
Maria Jesus Hoyos … Judge
Anton Marti … Male Police Officer
Amparo Fontanet … Female Police Officer
Ken Appledorn … U.S. Embassy Official
What’s Good About It?
The good reviews, fascinating story and interesting storytelling method combine for what I think is going to be a phenomenal pseudo-documentary. We shall see.
What’s Bad About It?
Our Clever Prediction
I don’t expect The Imposter to make a ton of money, but it is a really cool looking story that may have the many elements of good fictional storytelling with a true story. I’m reminded of In Cold Blood, which Truman Capote wrote with the intention of making as scary as fiction, but from a true story. Looks good. I’m excited.