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The Imposter -- A documentary centered on a young Frenchman who convinces a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who went missing for 3 years.
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Release Date:
24 August 2012 (Ireland) See more »
Tagline:
There are two sides to every lie. See more »
Plot:
A documentary centered on a young Frenchman who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 11 wins & 18 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The less you know about the story, the more you'll enjoy it See more (67 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Adam O'Brian ... Frédéric Bourdin

Anna Ruben ... 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

Ken Appledorn ... Vice Consul
Carey Gibson ... Herself
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)
Codey Gibson ... Himself

Charlie Parker ... Himself (archive footage)
Bruce Perry ... Himself (as Bruce Perry M.D.; P.H.D.)
Allie Hosteiler ... Herself
Kevin Hendricks ... Himself / Interviewer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jon Akoko ... High School Student (uncredited)

Sylvie Cohen ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
John Geiger ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

Debbie Jennings ... FBI Agent / Passport Agent (uncredited)

L.T. Kidd ... Detective (uncredited)

Karen Lewsader ... Loraine - Call Center (uncredited)

Directed by
Bart Layton 
 
Produced by
John Battsek .... executive producer
Sam Brown .... development producer
Katherine Butler .... executive producer
Simon Chinn .... executive producer
Paul Cziok .... archive producer
Robert DeBitetto .... executive producer
Poppy Dixon .... co-producer
Dimitri Doganis .... producer
John Farrar .... development producer
Kate Horne .... assistant producer: Spain
Tabitha Jackson .... executive producer
Paloma López Vázquez .... local producer: Madrid (as Paloma Lopez Vazquez)
Mary-Jane Mitchell .... development producer
Randy Murray .... local producer: Phoenix, AZ
Theresa Murray .... local producer: Phoenix, AZ
Rob Sharenow .... executive producer (as Robert Sharenow)
Molly Thompson .... executive producer
Vanessa Tovell .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Anne Nikitin 
 
Cinematography by
Lynda Hall (director of photography)
Erik Wilson (director of photography) (as Erik Alexander Wilson)
 
Film Editing by
Andrew Hulme 
 
Production Design by
Marcia Calosio 
 
Set Decoration by
John M. Oswald (Phoenix, AZ) (as Jon Oswald)
 
Makeup Department
Pablo Morillas .... hair designer: Madrid
Pablo Morillas .... makeup designer: Madrid
Bianca Risch .... hair stylist assistant: Phoenix, AZ (as Bianca Rusch)
Bianca Risch .... makeup artist assistant: Phoenix, AZ (as Bianca Rusch)
Dana Vargas .... hair stylist: Phoenix, AZ
 
Production Management
Andy Nelson .... production manager: Phoenix, AZ
Piers Vellacott .... head of production
Nicola Whitehead .... post-production producer: Prime Focus
Alejandro Alvarez Yanes .... production manager: Madrid
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kyle Hanlon .... first assistant director: Phoenix, AZ
Travis Alan McAfee .... second assistant director: Phoenix, AZ (as Travis McAfee)
Jeremy Phoenix .... first assistant director: Phoenix, AZ
Lucas Cuevas Stollery .... first assistant director: Madrid
 
Art Department
Sonia Aranzabal .... art director: Madrid
Marcia Calosio .... production designer: Phoenix, AZ (as Marcia Carols)
Temple Clark .... storyboard artist
Angel Garcia .... prop assistant: Madrid
Mariona Julbe .... art director: Madrid
Vanessa Monreal .... art director: Madrid
John M. Oswald .... construction coordinator
John M. Oswald .... set decorator: Phoenix, AZ (as Jon Oswald)
Luis Miguel Revenga .... prop assistant: Madrid
Ashley Sanders .... storyboard artist
Travis Secory .... set dresser: Phoenix, AZ
Zack Shisslak .... property master: Phoenix, AZ
Ted Sorensen .... set dresser: Phoenix, AZ
 
Sound Department
Brian Albritten .... sound recordist: documentary crew
Mike Cooper .... sound recordist: Madrid
Kaye Charles Cruz .... sound recordist: documentary crew
Paul Davies .... sound designer
Charlie Ethridge .... sound recordist: Phoenix, AZ (as Charles Ethridge)
Allen Green .... sound recordist: documentary crew
Andrew Stirk .... sound re-recording mixer
Andrew Stirk .... supervising sound editor
David Turner .... sound facility director
Nick Walker .... sound recordist: : documentary crew
Simon Hill .... mix technician (uncredited)
Robert Karlsson .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Pedro Moreno .... special effects supervisor: Madrid
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Águeda Balogh .... first assistant camera: Madrid (as Agueda Balogh)
Antonio Diaz Gallardo .... grip: Madrid
Joe Engelbrechet .... grip: Phoenix, AZ
Xoan Feros .... camera trainee: Madrid
Carlos Guijarro .... camera trainee: Madrid
Sean Patrick Hill .... key grip: Phoenix, AZ (as Sean Hill)
Justin King .... first assistant camera: documentary crew
Jeremy Kraft .... camera trainee: Phoenix, AZ
Alfonso Luján .... key grip: Madrid
Justin Michael .... camera trainee: Phoenix, AZ
Amy Newstead .... first assistant camera: documentary crew
Brandon Ruzovich .... g&e trainee: Phoenix, AZ
Pedro Sanchez .... gaffer: Madrid
Xuan Santer .... second assistant camera: Phoenix, AZ
Oliver Schofield .... additional photography (as Ollie Schofield)
Chris Smith .... camera trainee: Phoenix, AZ
Miguel Velasco Muro .... electrician: Madrid
Ramón Villafañez .... electrician: Madrid (as Ramon Villafanez)
Adam Wheeler .... first assistant camera: Phoenix, AZ
Jarrod Wilson .... gaffer: Phoenix, AZ
Michael Wohlfeld .... first assistant camera: documentary crew
Eric Young .... jib operator: documentary crew
 
Casting Department
Cecilia Bayonas .... casting director: Madrid
Danielle Thompson .... casting director: Phoenix, AZ
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ivan Blanco .... wardrobe assistant: Madrid
Jessica Carey .... set costumer: Phoenix, AZ (as Jessica Cary)
Paco Delgado .... wardrobe designer: Madrid
Susan Estavillo .... set costumer: Phoenix, AZ
Paula Rogers .... costume designer: Phoenix, AZ
Erika Ökvist .... additional costume (as Erika Okvist)
 
Editorial Department
Henry Adkin .... edit assistant
Fiorenza Bagnariol .... digital film bureau
Tom Barrett .... head of restoration
Ben Chanan .... additional editing
Peter Collins .... digital intermediate assistant
Rob Farris .... digital intermediate producer
Marie Fernandes .... digital intermediate producer
Richard Giles .... digital on-line editor
Toby Glover .... supervising on-line editor
Cheryl Goodbody .... assistant digital intermediate producer
Emily Greenwood .... digital on-line editor
Tom Hannibal .... edit assistant
Neil Harrison .... systems administrator
Dan Helme .... data wrangler
Timothy P. Jones .... digital film bureau
Patrick Malone .... digital intermediate head of department
Barry Moen .... assistant editor
Avdhesh Mohla .... assistant editor (as Avi Molha)
Laura Pavone .... digital film bureau
Rob Pizzey .... digital colorist (as Robin Pizzey)
Gordon Pratt .... digital film bureau
Aurora Shannon .... digital intermediate assistant
Ben Stark .... additional editing
Justin Tillett .... digital on-line editor
Laurent Treherne .... digital film technical supervisor
Georgia Woolley .... post-production coordinator
Andy Worboys .... additional editing
 
Music Department
Alex Baranowski .... musician: piano
Philippe Barnes .... musician: flute
Goetz Botzenhardt .... music mixer
Tom Bullens .... studio manager: Air-Edel Studios London
Ian Cape .... musician: percussion, Wanderlust Band
Ellie Fagg .... string section contractor and leader
April Frederick .... musician: soprano
Liz Gallacher .... music supervisor
Andrew Green .... music copyist
Kathleen Hasay .... music supervisor
Tom Howe .... musician: electric guitar.bass
James Jones .... conductor
James Jones .... music assistant
LivingRoomLondon .... musicians (as Living Room in London)
Anne Miller .... music publisher
Steve Moss .... musician: clarinet
Anne Nikitin .... orchestrator
RawStrings .... musicians (as Raw Strings)
Richard Scott .... musician: counter tenor
Nick Taylor .... music recording engineer
Isobel Waller-Bridge .... orchestrator
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestral contractor (uncredited)
Patrick Jonsson .... assistant score recordist (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Alberto Alepuz .... floor runner: Madrid
Alejandro Arroyo .... floor runner: Madrid
Mafe Bello .... production secretary: Madrid
Jonathan Blair .... legal services
Josh Braun .... distribution advisory services: Submarine
Georgina Buck .... production secretary
Javier Cano .... location scout: Madrid
Shaun Center .... key set production assistant: Phoenix, AZ
Michael Cleaver .... legal services: US, SmithDehn
Bethan Daunter .... production coordinator
Harry Dixon .... business affairs: Film4/Channel4
Katelyn M. Edmonds .... production coordinator: Phoenix, AZ (as Katelyn Edmonds)
Ros Ereira .... researcher (as Rosalind Ereira)
Selina Ferguson .... production coordinator
Rodrigo Grande .... production coordinator: Madrid
Micah Green .... distribution advisory services: CAA
Dominic Harrison .... legal and compliance: Film4/Channel4
Tracey Josephs .... production: Film4/Channel4
Jeremy Kimberlin .... head of rights: Film4/Channel4
Leonardo Martínez .... location manager: Madrid (as Leonardo Martinez)
David Morrison .... tax accountant: UK, Nyman Lipsom Paul
Mariangeles Nunez .... floor runner: Madrid
Jason Sallee .... location manager: Phoenix, AZ
Michael Simkins .... legal services
Sue Bruce Smith .... commercial development: Film4/Channel4 (as Sue Bruce-Smith)
Will Stanbridge .... researcher
Peter Suddell .... insurance broker: Media Insurance Brokers
Vinita Tawakley .... production accountant
Michael Thompson .... craft service: Phoenix, AZ
Freddie Paull .... intern (uncredited)
 

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Rated R for language
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99 min
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Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Soundtrack:
He Had a Long Chain OnSee more »

FAQ

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59 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
The less you know about the story, the more you'll enjoy it, 9 August 2012
Author: Imdbidia from Australia

This is the documentary, of the many I saw during the Perth Revelation Film Festival 2012, that has stuck to my memory, and the one that fascinated me the most.

The documentary revolves about the vanishing of a 13y.o boy, Nicholas Barclay, for his home in Texas in 1993, to be found in Spain with an apparent amnesia six years later. What happens after the young man call the Spanish Police is the core of the film.

The movie mixes interviews with the protagonist Frédéric Bourdin, Nicholas' family, American FBI and Consular officials, and has very atmospheric re-enactments done with Spanish actors and settings narrating the events occurred in Spain. The story is build up like in a thriller, and it will keep you glued to the screen, wanting to know what is going to happen next.

Layton has given the documentary the tone of a mystery movie in the re-enactments, but also in the interviews through the use of the chiaroscuro, camera positioning, hues of the film, and the tempo and way the events are presented - everything serves to build up suspense and mystery, and make you doubt and question yourself. Is this a real documentary or a mockumentary? Are we being fooled? The story is fascinating and amazing per se, but the way it is presented, is marvelous from a cinematic point of view as lets the viewer munch on a few philosophical themes: self-identity, reality and perception of reality, the connection between emotion and perception, and the use of cinematic narratives in documentaries based on real events, among other things.

One of the main downs of the movie is that Nicholas' family is somewhat ridiculed and vilified for the sake of the storyline. After all, we need of good, bad, stupid and clever characters in a story to create an interesting film. In the first place they are portrayed as ignoramuses; however, they are a suburban family living in a poor area of the USA, with little or none education; you cannot expect much of any person grown in this social environment anywhere in the world. In the second place, they are ridiculed for failing to detach themselves from their emotions and see something really obvious for the spectator; however its a characteristic of human nature and behavior to attach emotion to our thoughts and to interpret what we see according to our own personal individual viewfinder. We do so, all of us, every single day, in our daily lives, so you cannot expect traumatized and emotional people to see things as clearly as we see them from our seat in the cinema. In the third place, the movie implicitly blames the family, by letting some of the characters doing so, for the vanishing of Nicholas, without providing any evidence for it.

Still, this is a terrific documentary. The less you know about the whole story at the beginning, the more you will enjoy it. This is a documentary that attracts people to the genre because reinvents it. A proof that a documentary can be amazing, intriguing, entertaining, and thought provoking.

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