In 1994, 13 year-old Nicholas Barclay disappears from his home in Texas. Three years later he is found in Spain, disorientated and quivering with fear.
His family is overjoyed to bring him home. But all is not what it seems. Whilst he bears many of the same distinguishing marks and tattoos, the boy looks decidedly different and now speaks with a strange accent. Why doesn't the family seem to notice these glaring inconsistencies? It's only when an investigator starts asking questions that this astonishing true story takes an even stranger turn.
A worldwide Box Office sensation, The Imposter, is a gripping edge-of-your-seat thriller that proves truth is far stranger than fiction.
'As gripping as any white-knuckle thriller' (The Guardian)
'The most astonishing film you will see this year' (The Irish Times)
Special Features include:
Making The Imposter
Q&A with Bart Layton, Dimitri Doganis and Charlie Parker, hosted by Jon Ronson
Documentary directed by Bart Layton that uses interviews and dramatised recreations to piece together the bizarre story of a missing boy and the young man who impersonated him. Nicholas Barclay was 13-years-old when he disappeared from San Antonio, Texas in 1994, leaving his family bereft. Over three years later, he turned up unexpectedly in Spain and was flown home to his family - albeit this Nicholas spoke with a French accent, had grown a beard and had different-coloured hair and eyes. Astoundingly, the boys family managed to overlook these glaring irregularities until a private investigator was able to prove that he wasnt their son at all, but rather Frdric Bourdin, a 23-year-old French con artist. The film explores the human capacity to believe what we want to believe in spite of all evidence to the contrary.