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1,233 Ratings

The Imposter

Directed by Bart Layton
United Kingdom, 2012


In 1994, a thirteen-year-old boy disappeared from San Antonio, Texas. Three-and-a-half years later, he is found alive and well thousands of miles away in Europe. He tells a story of kidnap and torture when he returns. While his family is excited to bring him home, all is not as it seems…

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The Imposter Directed by Bart Layton

Critics reviews

Layton has presented Bourdin as the ultimate fabulist, a ventriloquising narrator whose words are lip-synched by actors recreating key scenes, as if to emphasise his authorship of the story. Once the lies are rolling, Layton leaves it to the deceived to describe Bourdin’s ingenious tricks, cleverly intercutting wordless shots of him peering cheekily into the camera.
August 25, 2012
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The Imposter is as much about movies’ own power to deceive as it is about the scam itself. Director Bart Layton pulls off a subtle trick: At times, he tantalizes viewers with Bourdin’s behind-the-scenes details on how he could fake knowledge he clearly did not have. At others, Layton keeps viewers in the dark, doling out information at strategic intervals so that our own credulity is called into question.
August 23, 2012
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A veteran producer of such TV documentary series as Syfy’s Paranormal Witness and the National Geographic Channel’s Breakout, Layton illustrates his talking-head interviews with extensive physical reenactments, persuasively staged and tightly edited.
August 22, 2012
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