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A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.

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Frédéric Bourdin
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Carey Gibson
Cathy Dresbach ...
Nancy Fisher
Alan Teichman ...
Charlie Parker
Ivan Villanueva ...
Social Worker
María Jesús Hoyos ...
Judge (as Maria Jesus Hoyos)
Anton Marti ...
Male Police Officer
Amparo Fontanet ...
Female Police Officer
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Vice Consul
Carey Gibson ...
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Bryan Gibson ...
Himself
Beverly Dollarhide ...
Herself
Frédéric Bourdin ...
Himself (as Frederic Bourdin)
Nancy Fisher ...
Herself (as Nancy B. Fisher)
Philip French ...
Himself (as Phillip French)
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A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.

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The greatest mystery in the disappearance of Nicholas Barclay began the day he came home. See more »


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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24 August 2012 (UK)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$22,379 (USA) (13 July 2012)

Gross:

$892,409 (USA) (21 November 2012)
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At the beginning of the film, Frédéric Bourdin's hair line is very defined and has dark hair. But by the end of the film he has a noticeable receding hairline. However, the film portrays his talking scenes as one long interview as his shirt never changes. See more »

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Compelling
26 June 2012 | by (Edinburgh) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at the 2012 Edinburgh Film Festival. The film focuses on the story of Nicholas Barclay who disappeared from his Texas home in 1994. Three years later he's found in France and then re-united with his parents. But it's obvious he cannot be there son. He's an impostor; a 23 year old con-artist. The film explores the unravelling of this story through interviews and very well realised reconstructions of the events. Documentary recreations don't always work and can detract from the interviews but here they work very well.It makes for a strange and compelling film. A deliberation on the nature of truth and lies that had me completely gripped.


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