The Imposter - Review

IDENTITY CRISIS Using interviews with the imposter himself, this documentary depicts the story of Frédéric Bourdin, the man who stole a missing person's identity

 The Imposter, like Capturing the Friedmans orTabloid, is the documentary equivalent of a page-turner. It tells a true story that is so oh wow! unbelievable, so deeply, compellingly stranger than fiction, that you don't so much watch the film as get addicted to it. Fifteen years ago, Nicholas Barclay, a towheaded Texas boy who'd been missing for three years, turned up in Spain. But the movie, from the start, lets us know that the ''Nicholas'' who resurfaced wasn't Nicholas at all. He was a French-Algerian vagrant and con artist named Frédéric Bourdin who had a French accent and the swarthy features of the young Antonio Banderas. Director Bart Layton builds the movie around an interview with Bourdin, who narrates the events like a real-life Tom Ripley. He's articulate and charming, but the fact that he was able to fool Nicholas' family simply by dyeing his hair blond and pretending that his memory had been wiped away proves nearly as jaw-dropping to him as it does to us. Read More...,,20611072,00.html 


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