A new trailer has been released for the unbelievable documentary film The Imposter. I had a chance to see the doc while I was up at Sundance, and it was fantastic! It's seriously one of those things you just have to see to believe, and proves that truth is really stranger than fiction.
The doc tells the heartbreaking story of a 13-year-old boy named Nicholas Barclay who disappeared in 1994. Three years later a devastated family was told that their son was found in Spain, after he had been kidnapped and tortured. The family was obviously incredibly happy that their son was found alive, and they eventually brought him back home. The crazy part of the story is the fact that the boy they brought home was not their son, and the family didn't even notice! He was actually 23-year-old Frenchman named Frédéric Bourdin.
The story is told through home video footage, recreations of the events that happened, and interviews with the family and also the imposter himself, Frédéric Bourdin.
Here's the synopsis:
In 1994 a 13-year-old boy disappeared without a trace from his home in San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later he is found alive thousands of miles away in a village in southern Spain with a horrifying story of kidnap and torture. His family is overjoyed to bring him home. But all is not quite as it seems. The boy bears many of the same distinguishing marks he always did, but why does he now have a strange accent? Why does he look so different? And why doesn’t the family seem to notice these glaring inconsistencies? It’s only when an investigator starts asking questions that this strange tale takes an even stranger turn…
It's hard to believe that this actually happened. Watch the trailer and let us know what you think about this story.