“The Imposter” is a riveting documentary about a man who fakes the identity of a missing teenager in order to begin a new life. This film is deserving of all of its critical acclaim. When teenager Nicholas Barclay turns up in Spain after disappearing for three years, a complex international exchange occurs. The result is a truly incredible exploration of denial in the face of tragedy and masterful deception. Frédéric Bourdin’s story is difficult to believe as he fools the Barclay family in spite of his age difference, different hair and eye color, and thick French accent. As the plot thickens further, it becomes better than any fictional murder mystery. Our main character transitions from villain to hero to villain as the authorities try to understand why something just doesn’t feel right about this case. And once all is revealed, he becomes one of the most despicable villains ever. I don’t want to spoil too much so just watch “The Imposter” and prepare to be on the edge of your seat until the credits begin to roll!
[Pictured: Amazing to have the real life Bourdin in all of the reenactments]