The Imposter is an ingenious documentary that is as thought provoking in its evaluation of genuine human fallacy, as it is inconceivable in its story. The way of exhibiting the subject matter – and its egregious effect – is greatly enhanced through the engaging, most productive contrast of two contrasting viewpoints.
When a young 13-year old goes missing in Texas the whole family is gradually losing faith that they’ll see him alive again. However, on one seemingly miraculous day three years later, a mysterious teenager is found in a deserted phone booth in Linares, Spain. At first, all signs point out that he just might be the long-lost American boy (even when we immediately know that he is not). What’s more surprising – given his posture, totally different face, eyes, and French accent – all the Texan relatives seem to be convinced that he is definitely one of their own.
Is it just a matter of faith and fake anticipation, or is it a suspenseful intrigue that is supposed to cover up a much bigger, horrible secret? Why should anyone trust a stranger and bring him home, without getting all the facts right? After a while FBI and a lone private investigator are on the case, trying to find out what’s really happened in the past and what made the family believe that a 23-year old French con-man is a 16-year old American citizen.
It’s an astonishing revelation, which demonstrates how a meticulous impostor was able to trick so many people into believing that he is someone else, stealing the identity and finally beginning the live out the precious ‘American Dream’. With a most exciting turn of events, The Imposter is able to shock even further, uncovering all the repellent aspects of the perturbed human’s behavior. Through its insightful interviews with both the missing boy’s family members and the fraud himself, the movie develops a whole new level in the documentary-making scene, brining all that’s really offensive and ridiculous at the same time. Undoubtedly, with its fantastically distressing pace, It’s a thrill-ride that no one should omit.