Based on a true story, Bart Layton's The Imposter, tells the story of Nicholas, a 13 year old, who went missing one night in San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later, he is found alive in Spain, with a story of how he was kidnapped, raped and tortured. His family is relieved to have him back, yet something is very strange about Nicholas. He speaks in a foreign accent, and doesn't look at all like he did 3 years ago. The Imposter is an unbelievable story about how one families deep felt grief, blinded them from the truth in front of them. While the story is incredible what sets this film apart from so many 'talking head" documentaries like it is it's cinematography. The Imposter uses poetic, beautiful imagery along with the chatter to create a mysterious, brooding, atmospheric mystery in which the emotional poignancy is just as strong as the mystery. Meticulously detailed, the film shows the story from perspective of every angle, including the family of the missing boy, the imposter himself, and the government officials just trying to put the pieces together. It's amazing how many little things had to go right for all of this to take place, with the film laying out all the details beautifully. It is fascinating to see how this families jubilation clouded their judgement as they blindly accepted this stranger as their son/brother/nephew. Towards the end, the film even manipulates the viewer, making you question the truth behind Nicholas' disappearance, much like the imposter did in this story. A great documentary that is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.
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