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The Imposter 

Fact is stranger than fiction in this documentary


The most bizarre story and astounding characters all happen to be true in the engrossing documentary The Imposter. Telling the story of Frederic Bourdin, a 23-year-old French drifter who in 1994 assumed the identity of a missing American teenager, filmmaker Bart Layton mixes unreliable interviews with misdirecting recreations in an attempt to understand why a grieving family would welcome a stranger as their lost son. Bourdin, a wily sprite of a man with an unnerving amount of luck for deception, is just one of half a dozen impossibly unrealistic characters throughout the film. That includes a slick southern P.I. named Charlie Parker who seems to have jumped straight out of a Coen brothers movie. A magic trick of a documentary, The Imposter lulls its audience into laughing at its undeniably weird premise, making it all the more disturbing when the real mysteries start to appear.

The Imposter
Rated R (MPAA) · 95 min. · 2012
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Director: Bart Layton
Producer: Dimitri Doganis
Cast: Frédéric Bourdin, Adam O'Brian, Carey Gibson, Anna Ruben, Beverly Dollarhide, Charlie Parker, Alan Teichman, Nancy Fisher, Cathy Dresbach and Bryan Gibson


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