Finally, visual evidence to back up everybody’s claims that The Imposter is a serious contender for one of the best films of 2012. Bart Layton’s “stranger than fiction” cinematic mystery/thriller premiered at Sundance back in January and was met with some heavy enthusiasm from those who saw it. I managed to catch it at Hot Docs last month and I assure you the hype is deserved. It’s probably best to go into this one cold but if you’re not sold on seeing The Imposter based on the buzz alone, this wonderful trailer should set you straight. For those unfamiliar with the story (again, it might best to go in cold), here’s the synopsis:
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?