Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Ruth Negga, and five others received their first-ever acting nominations for 2017. While these actors are new to the Academy Awards, you may recognize them from their earlier work.
IMPOSTORS is a captivating documentary series that explores schemers who have taken the quickest, riskiest, and dirtiest path to success: deceit. Exposing true accounts of real fraud, the ... See full summary »
Mark Rappaport's creative bio-pic about actress Jean Seberg is presented in a first-person, autobiographical format (with Seberg played by Mary Beth Hurt). He seamlessly interweaves cinema,... See full summary »
An irreverent take on Mozart's relations with the three Weber sisters: Louisa, whom he loved, but who didn't love him; Constanza, whom he loved and married; and Sophie, who loved him but ... See full summary »
Mark Rappaport's Imposters is the story of two magicians who claim to be twin brothers plotting to steal an ancient Egyptian artifact, while sporting matching male pattern baldness, mustaches, and outfits of all sorts. Yes, that is one of the things this movie is certainly about. The magicians have an assistant named Blank, and she is having an affair with one of the brothers, who believes her to be in possession of the object.
I'm a big foggy as to whether or not she really did have the artifact. Certainly one did appear on screen but as to whose it was or whether it was authentic, I can't recall, probably because it wasn't the point. The artifact serves as a Mcguffin to bring our characters together, and is all but forgotten about by the end. The Magicians Assistant begins having an affair with a wealthy eccentric she meets, partly because she has nowhere else to live. the wealthy man enjoys photographing all of the women he romances with their faces a few inches away from each other, "as if we were just about kiss".
The magician's other brother falls in lust with the wealthy man dating the assistant. The assistant also had a relationship with a woman involved in performance art, as well as a band called "I've Got My S$^t Together", which involves the title being repeated an the chorus in a Joan Jett kind of way. At one point all of these characters end up at a large house together, and there is a kind of Mexican stand-off of awkward and amorous glances, similar to Claire Denis' "35 Rhums" bar-room scene(that film's finest moment).
There is less voice-over narration than in Rappaport's previous "The Scenic Route", and one continual character's feelings and emotions to focus on might have improved some of the film's unfocused feeling. The Scenic Route was full of asides and musings, but it was a controlled sprawl, where Imposter's sometimes feels more like a sketch or a scrawl. Love, betrayal, honesty, and notions of identity(and this time around sexuality), are again the central themes and plot devices which move the characters in between Rappaport's painted backgrounds and nuanced art decorum. The murderous twin's bicker back and forth to each other like a vaudeville act, one of them clearly the flaming witty gay (and more sociopathic) of the pair, while the straight one is also straight man, preferring to only kill out of necessity and more emotional over his latest target than he should be. He once nearly married a princess, til his partner killed her, claiming she was set to turn them in. The brother's bickering and care free crimes, is the dark comic heart of the film, while the story of the wealthy eccentric and the assistant is the films emotional satellite.
The assistant does seem to become genuinely happy or at least resigned to happiness with the man, but he is perpetually jealous both correctly and incorrectly, but the accuracy of his claims is as immaterial as whether or not the Egyptian artifact is priceless or a trinket, his fears of abandonment, like the brother's murderous swath of new and assumed identity's, is pathological. Both groups of men can seem only capable of wanting what they can't have, and when they can have it, must destroy it to again make it unattainable. The assistant is uncertain at times, as to what she really wants, going back and forth between them all, but she certainly doesn't want to alienate or destroy them. She resolves to a decision that makes allot of sense in this context, and all of the stories play out with little surprise, but Rappaport films make their surprises a part of their sets, dialog, editing, art and costume design, and only mildly as part of their plots.
If you haven't seen any Mark Rappaport "The Scenic Route" is to my feeble knowledge, the best place to start, but "Imposters" is a great follow-up to Rappaport's filmography which continues, try as I might, to defy description.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?