The Imposter: movie review
'Imposter' has a few too many reenactments but is an unsettling mystery.
Bart Laytonâ€™s documentary â€śThe Imposterâ€ť is about a mind-boggling, true-life scam involving Nicholas Barclay, a missing 13-year-old boy from rural San Antonio, and 23-year-old Frederic Bourdin, who, years after the disappearance, managed to convince the boyâ€™s parents and the authorities that he was Nicholas despite his French accent and physical dissimilarities. Was Nicholasâ€™s family so joyous at their â€śsonâ€™sâ€ť return that they willed themselves into belief?
Or was something more nefarious â€“ murder maybe? â€“ the explanation? â€śThe Imposterâ€ť has too many reenactments for my taste, and Bourdin is glorified by Layton more often than he is condemned. Still, this is one creepy mystery. Grade: B (Rated R for language.)