The Imposter

The man who wasn't (all) there.

This has 5 stars on many reviews, with Total Film saying:

"Creepier than Catfish and as cinematic as Man On Wire, this is an unnerving story immaculately told and a strong contender for doc of the year."

Well.... I found "Catfish" interesting and "Man on Wire"  absorbing (but more on an emotional level), so this bodes well..... or maybe it's been oversold..... We'll see......

In 1994 the disappearance of13-year-old Nicholas Barclay rocked his small Texan town to its core. Without any clue to his whereabouts, the ensuing search looked like a lost cause. But his family kept hoping and praying and, over three years later, they got their miracle. Nicholas was found halfway around the world, living on the streets in Spain, leading to the most unlikely and emotional of reunions. But, all was not as it seemed. With its jaw-dropping twists and revelations more reminiscent of film noir than documentary, THE
IMPOSTER rivals 2010’s CATFISH for pure unscripted thrills, while evoking classic identity thrillers such as THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY.

 

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  • lesley

    An astonishing and engrossing film. I particularly liked the way it was filmed in documentary style, with the lead character retelling the story. The piece to camera approach worked really well, as did the clever way in which the deception was discovered 9/10 ps the company was lovely too x

    August 27, 2012

  • Julian

    Really intriguing and creepy + innovative format. Just feel sorry for the kid at the centre of it all.

    August 27, 2012

  • colin b.

    Intriguing film, at times I felt I was almost watching a thriller, it was clever in which you almost became a participant of the deception as you weirdly almost allied yourself with the imposter hoping he would get away with it and then changing completely towards the end, especially liked the nod to the Usual Suspects with the FBI standing by the Fax machine and the chatter in the background when the full deception was uncovered and all the names of people he pretended to be were shown on screen in typed form with added notes. 8 out of 10

    August 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thought provoking film, really looking forward to the loose ends being tied up in The Imposter II, or more likely some Sunday supplement that I don't read. Left me wondering about the stupidity of some people and the lengths others would go to for "love" (or attention). Good film, enjoyable evening with a nice crowd.

    August 27, 2012

  • Jayne

    So sorry i could not come at least minute. (Valid reason - not just being lazy). Pleased folks enjoyed the film, but it sounds like yet another repeat of the Somersby film theme, whereby people just need someone to fill that gap left by a missing loved one, even though the facts demonstrate quite clearly that the new 'imposter' is just that: an imposter! Hope to catch up with the group next time.

    August 27, 2012

  • Joanne W.

    A real rollercoaster of emotions due to the twists and turns in the facts delivered vs the reconstructions. It was gripping, heartbreaking & disturbing. There was an underlying theme of people wanting to love and be loved but ultimately I'm left haunted by this docu-film. I can't help but wonder what fate the young Nicholas really met?

    August 27, 2012

  • Tracey

    An engrossing film that took me on a dizzying ride in search of the truth. Nice to see lots of new faces and old ones too. Look forward to seeing you all again soon I hope.

    August 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    really crazy story but very well done, fascinating

    August 27, 2012

  • Heather S.

    Gripping! Stayed alert to the story all the way through

    August 27, 2012

  • Frankie

    This gained points for being filmed from the point of view of the perpetrator, which provided a valuable insight into a guy who was prepared to be anyone, except himself. A very interesting re-enactment of a stranger-than-fiction tale of the gullible and the desperate. Entertaining, thanks Tracey for organising and everyone who showed up, a new record attendance, wow!

    August 27, 2012

  • Gary B.

    Surely this must be an all-time group record Tracey! 24 and counting! Well done you.

    August 26, 2012

  • Frankie

    Empire mag like this film as per Chris Hewitt in Lauren laverne's Friday Film Club. I will try make it but strange goings on today and no car at moment could foil me!

    August 26, 2012

    • Frankie

      no but t

      August 26, 2012

    • Frankie

      hanks anyway.see you tonight i can def make it

      August 26, 2012

  • Ash

    Hi Tracey, thanks for reply back and I've already bought my ticket online this time, but will take your advice about Hyde Park Picture house next time. See you on Sunday :)

    August 24, 2012

  • Tracey

    Re tickets for Imposter on Sunday - Ash (and any others who haven't been to Hyde Park Picture House before), it should be fine to buy the tickets on the night. The only time that I've seen long queues have been during the Leeds Film Festival and when the students return in October. No crystal ball, so I can't offer total guarantees on this. I'll be turning up and buying my ticket on the door. Come early if you want to be absolutely sure and say hello before everyone else arrives.

    August 23, 2012

  • Tracey

    Welcome to any newcomers who are planning to attend The Imposter at Hyde Park on Sun. I've scheduled for the later showing at 8.20pm, so meetup from 8pm onwards. I will be going inside at 8.20pm to catch the trailers. So if you're late then you'll have to try and find me inside. All this is listed on the meetup already with my mobile :-) We usually go for a drink afterwards and I'm happy to go to Julian's suggestion of the Hyde Park for a change. A bit further than the usual, but a change is nice. All optional of course, you can just turn up and see the film.

    August 20, 2012

  • Julian

    Does anyone fancy a glass of something in the Hyde Park pub afterwards? Bit nicer than the Brudenell and would make a change...

    1 · August 20, 2012

    • lesley

      hi im lesley im new to this, think it would be nice to chat with everyone afterwards. x

      August 20, 2012

  • Tracey

    Decided on the later showing for this at 8.20pm.

    August 15, 2012

  • Tracey

    Yes, the time for "The Imposter" is provisional - I will confirm on 21st/22nd when HPPH publish their schedule.

    August 10, 2012

  • sue l.

    Sorry I'm away over the bank holiday weekend otherwise I would have given this a go.

    August 7, 2012

  • Frankie

    Dunno I hated Catfish! Tracy, this time is TBC is it not?

    August 6, 2012

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