Film takes liberty on being technically polished as its dependency on real life footages is too minimal.
|Frédéric Bourdin (1997)|
The kid Nicholas was very playful and outgoing, but this grown up boy is completely different. He has different accent now, and completely opposing behaviours, but the family accepts this stranger warmly. The family do not bother a second to identify if he is their real boy.
|Frédéric Bourdin (2012) telling his story.|
Media and investigating bodies gets interested over new Nicholas. The news hit the whole US media as Nicholas accuses the kidnappers (high official US militaries) of their continual torture that led to complete changes in his behaviour and even bodily organs, like colour of his eyes. The circulation of news persuades people with complete hatred towards savagery of its military.
Meanwhile, one private investigator (Charlie Parker) does not take the Nicholas case easily. He follows the case so closely that he spots variations in few of his biological constructions. The impersonator couldn't concealed few of his biological characteristics (e.g. structures of his ears, accent he learnt from the family he grew with). It leads to more rooms for doubts and suspicions about his identity and objective.
|Private investigator Charlie Parker|
|Acot Adam O'Brian reenacting imposter Bourdin|
Directed by British director Bart Layton, The Imposter (2012) is made in an approach of crime investigative drama. Film is very dramatic as it is constructed around reenacted scenes, real life interviews of the imposter, Nicholas' family members and relatives, and the investigators, and very few real footages. Interview of the imposter Bourdin serves as the principal backstory as reenactments are primarily based on his accounts of incidents. Bourdin's voice is used over the miming of the actors to authenticate the story as his account of the events, not the filmmaker's.
Film takes liberty on being technically polished as its dependency on real life footages is too minimal. Editing gives smooth transitions and bridges between periods, handling every movements and changes very well. Wide landscapes, placement of interviewees inside the frames and their dress codes, appropriation in selecting settings for interviews, etc. well blend to the colour of the film. Lots of musics and sounds are used to add more of thrill and depth to the life of story. With The Imposter, storytelling through documentary films arrives at a very creative and sophisticated age.