One film that seemed to get unanimous praise at this year’s Sundance was Bart Layton’s documentary The Imposter. Surrounding the real-life story of Frédéric Bourdin, a 16-year-old who was missing at a young age from Texas and than popped up in Spain, I unfortunately missed it at the festival. But a new trailer has made its way online via Apple and it paints one fascinating, compelling picture. Seemingly a mix of reenactment footage, interviews and real-life documents, I greatly look forward to uncovering this story. Check it out below along with a new theatrical poster.
A gripping thriller straight out of real life, THE IMPOSTER is an original film experience that walks the razor’s edge between true-crime documentary and stylish noir mystery. The twisting, turning tale begins with an unsettling disappearance–that of Nicholas Barclay, a 13 year-old Texas boy who vanishes without a trace. Three and a half years later, staggering news arrives: the boy has been found, thousands of miles from home in Spain, saying he survived a mind-boggling ordeal of kidnap and torture by shadowy captors. His family is ecstatic to have him back no matter how strange the circumstances–but things become far stranger once he returns to Texas. Though the family accepts him, suspicion surrounds the person who claims to be Nicholas. How could the Barclay’s blonde, blue-eyed son have returned with darker skin and eyes? How could his personality and even accent have changed so profoundly? Why does the family not seem to notice the glaring differences? And if this person who has arrived in Texas isn’t the Barclay’s missing child… who on earth is he?
The Imposter hits theaters on July 13th, 2012.