Monday, August 12, 2013

The Imposter

Have you seen this documentary?

the imposter

The Imposter is a 2012 British documentary film about the 1997 case of the French confidence man Frédéric Bourdin, who impersonated Nicholas Barclay, a Texas boy who disappeared at the age of 13 in 1994. The film includes interviews with Bourdin and members of Barclay's family, as well as archive TV news footage and reenacted dramatic sequences.

If you DON'T want to watch the movie, continue reading to pretty much find out the whole story. Kind of fascinating. And horrifying. And perplexing. A week after I watched the movie, the story is still churning around in me brain!

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Bourdin, who turned out to have a long record of impersonating various different children, real or imaginary, embellished his claim to be Nicholas by alleging that he had been kidnapped for purposes of sexual abuse by Mexican, European, and U.S. military personnel and transported from Texas to Spain. His impersonation fooled several officials in Spain and the U.S., and he was apparently accepted by many of Nicholas' family members, even though he was seven years older than Nicholas, spoke with a strange accent, and had brown eyes and dark hair rather than Nicholas' blue eyes and blond hair. The impersonation was eventually unearthed as a result of the suspicions of a private investigator, Charles (Charlie) Parker, and an FBI agent, Nancy Fisher. Bourdin subsequently made a full confession, and in the movie he elaborates on the various stages in his impersonation.

The film raises, but does not resolve, the question of how the family came so readily to accept the impersonation. Parker, Fisher and Bourdin himself suggest, but cannot provide conclusive evidence for, the possibility that some in the family may have known more than they revealed about (or even been directly implicated in) Nicholas' disappearance, in which case his purported "reappearance" could have proved convenient from their point of view.

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2 comments:

SabinePsynopsis said...

I've never heard of the movie... What a weird/strange/creepy story.

Kristine said...

I didn't read the full post to avoid the spoilers. It sounds like it is right up my alley. Will have to see it and get thoroughly creeped out.