don’t give a damn about what other people are thinking, or what they are
feeling. I care about myself, only myself.’
1994, 13-year-old Texan tearaway Nicholas Barclay went to play
basketball with some friends. He never returned home. His family did
their best to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives after the
disappearance and had seemingly begun to find some semblance of normalcy
when, one night in 1997, Nicholas turned up in a small town in Spain.
His story of abduction and torture at the hands of corrupt military
officials seemed unbelievable, but he was eventually reunited with his
family back in the States. But was the person claiming to be Nicholas
really who he said he was?
Nominated for an Oscar and winner of the British Independent Film Award
for Best Documentary, The Imposter tells a gripping and truly
astonishing story – so much so that if it wasn’t true, to paraphrase the
old expression, no one would believe it. It is a story told with skill
and audacity by director Bart Layton in what is, almost unbelievably,
his first feature.
only chastisement levelled by reviewers, who were otherwise almost
universal in their acclaim, was the absence of true resolution to
Nicholas’s story. But sometimes life, as detailed in this magnificently
intriguing film, is more complex and challenging than that.
lively and engaging Director’s Commentary; a comprehensive
40-minute Making-Of Featurette (in which Layton frankly admits,
like his viewers, he simply doesn’t know what to believe about the
disappearance); a series of excellent shorter Behind The Scenes
Featurettes, for some reason labelled Podcasts (Telling the Story,
Apple Trailer, Meeting Frederic, The ‘Drama,’ The Music); and a
selection of Trailers.