The Imposter

The Imposter
  • 2012
  • UK
  • 1h 39min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Bart Layton

Documentary about Frédéric Bourdin, a twentysomething French drifter who successfully passed himself off as missing American teenager Nicholas Barclay, fooling even Barclay’s own family. Bart Layton’s punchy film rams home the sheer unlikeliness of the story, letting us experience Bourdin’s extraordinary persuasiveness as well as his scary absence of compassion.

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Grassmarket Community Project, Edinburgh (0.0 miles)

86 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, EH1 2QA
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The Imposter

14 Aug 20124 stars

Incredible tale of 'Chameleon' Frédéric Bourdin is intriguing as it is disturbing

That truth can be a stranger beast than fiction is a maxim quoted to death with regard to documentaries; but Bart Layton’s punchy take on a tangled and troubling 90s news story really rams the point home. The bizarre decisions these characters make, the…

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