The Imposter

The greatest mystery in the disappearance of Nicholas Barclay began the day he came home.

This astonishing documentary film follows the story about the disappearance of a 13-year-old boy who vanished in the USA and seemingly reappeared three years later in Spain. Or did he?

The Imposter demonstrates that truth can indeed be stranger than fiction and the sinister level of deception that some people resort to. This documentary film tells the true story of how a French con artist Frederic Bourdin convinced a grieving Texan family that he was their child who had gone missing a few years earlier.

Bourdin’s story has been told in various films and newspapers. The press dubbed him ‘The Chameleon’ because he has assumed 500 different identities over the years. People may expect the The Imposter to focus on the deceived family, but the spotlight slowly moves to Bourdin before you even realise it.

The Imposter
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  • Release date2012
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  • Director(s)Bart Layton