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The Imposter (DVD)
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The Imposter (DVD)
Date: 10/02/13, updated on 10/02/13 (79 review reads)
Advantages: Beautifully made and beautifully told story
Disadvantages: If you have heard of the story prior to watching this, it may detract.
FILM ONLY REVIEW
Every now and again, you stumble across a documentary that makes you go 'Wow' and The Imposter is definitely one of those wow inducing documentaries.
Without imparting too much of the storyline upon you, it is the true story of a French man who managed to successfully pose as a missing 16 year old Texan boy, fooling the family and a whole host of governmental authorities at the same time.
this is such a well made documentary, so well edited that at times you do not know whether or not you are watching a re-enactment or the real thing. Bart Layton, the director, expertly collates interviews and events and presents them in an honest and riveting fashion that leaves you engaged and in suspense throughout.
All the characters are interviewed in a real and transparent fashion which adds to the feeling of sheer suspense which many studio's spend hundreds of millions of dollars trying and failing to recreate. The characters involved are compelling and their stories are gripping from start to finish.
What impressed me more than anything was how the individual stories were told and blended together, weaving actual footage of events with reenactments so seamlessly you forgot this was not a fictional film, but a documentary.
This has so much appeal on so many levels, but any fan of murder-mystery, true-life stories or unsolved mysteries will lap this up like a kitten with cream. The expert handling of serious family trauma and a hard to fathom story was duly recognised with a host of deserved awards going to The Imposter. Want something different? something other than a 'hollywood movie' to watch? then look no further than The Imposter.
Run Time 99 mins
Director - Bart Layton
Summary: The true story of a Frenchman masquerading as a missing 16 year old Texan