The Imposter (2012)

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The Imposter is a slickly presented documentary based upon the story of a serial fraudster who impersonated a missing boy from San Antonio, Texas, despite the fact that he was 7 years older, French and bore little resemblance to him.

As bizarre as that sounds, the story actually gets stranger as it goes to the point where it becomes more like a plot from a Hollywood mystery thriller than a true story. The first half of the film is actually rather matter of fact, presented with a combination of talking head interviews and dramatic reconstructions; it’s when the impostor reaches the U.S. that the story becomes truly engaging as the investigation as to who he really is takes hold, and as to why the family were willing to take in this stranger with very little in the way of questions asked.

As  a whole, The Imposter is a well made documentary containing a story that’s both dramatic and strange enough to appeal to true life crime fans.

6/10

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