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The imposter

The imposter

Layton, Bart, director; Nikitin, Anne, music

Documentary directed by Bart Layton that uses interviews and dramatised recreations to piece together the bizarre story of a missing boy and the young man who impersonated him. Nicholas Barclay was 13-years-old when he disappeared from San Antonio, Texas in 1994, leaving his family bereft. Over three years later, he turned up unexpectedly in Spain and was flown home to his family - albeit this Nicholas spoke with a French accent, had grown a beard and had different-coloured hair and eyes. Astoundingly, the boy's family managed to overlook these glaring irregularities until a private investigator was able to prove that he wasn't their son at all, but rather Frâedâeric Bourdin, a 23-year-old French con artist. The film explores the human capacity to believe what we want to believe in spite of all evidence to the contrary

DVD. English.
Published Revolver Entertainment, 2013
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Statement of responsibility: director, Bart Layton; producer, Dimitri Doganis
ISBN: 0018493823, 9780018493827
EAN: 5060018493824
BBFC classification: 15
Note: Extras to be confirmed, Region 2, 1 disc(s), Interactive menus, Languages (English).
Note: Made in 2012.
Note: Credits: music, Anne Nikitin; cinematographer, Lynda Hall; cinematographer, Erik Wilson; subject, Nicholas Barclay; subject, Fr‚d‚ric Bourdin.
Note: DVDN.
Physical Description: 1 videodisc (98 min.) : col.
System: DVD.
Other Number: 5060018493824
Publisher Number: REVD3042
Subject: Barclay, Nicholas.; Bourdin, Frâedâeric.