7.5 10
2012

The Imposter

There are two sides to every lie.
  • English

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It’s 1994: a 13-year-old boy disappears from his home in San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later, he is found alive, thousands of miles away, in Spain. Disoriented and quivering with fear, he divulges his shocking story of kidnap and torture. His family is overjoyed to bring him home. But all is not what it seems. Sure, he has the same tattoos, but he looks decidedly different, and he now speaks with a strange accent. Why doesn't the family seem to notice these glaring inconsistencies? It's only when an investigator starts asking questions that this astounding true story takes an even stranger turn.

The Imposter

Nicholas Barclay, a 13-year-old boy disappeared in 1994 from his house in San Antonio Texas. Three years later, the family receives a call: they have located Nicholas. He is in Spain, he says that he has been a victim of kidnapping and tortures by a mafia and also he doesn’t remember much about his family. This is the beginning of The Imposter.

The strangest thing is that Nicholas is blond. And the boy who claims to be him is not. How can the color of the hair of a teenager change in three years? The strange thing doesn’t end there. The family seems to accept that he is the real Nicholas. After few paperwork, Carey –his sister-, achieves to get him back home. Neither his parents nor his own sister have a hint of doubt that he is Nicholas. But, why? If your son or brother comes back home with a different appearance, a different hair color, and it’s only been three years since the last time you saw him… wouldn’t you suspect? The Imposter is a documentary that manipulates the spectator, which plot is as unpredictable as perfectly elaborated. Definitely a good sample of the famous saying “truth is stranger than fiction”.

Crew

Bart Layton
Director

Cast

Adam O'Brian
Frédéric Bourdin
Anna Ruben
Carey Gibson
Cathy Dresbach
Nancy Fisher
Alan Teichman
Charlie Parker
Ivan Villanueva
Social Worker