Friday, March 29, 2013


it's hard for me to recommend this documentary. i say this because of the subject matter: a missing child and a con-man lead character. it also sheds light on abuse and neglect and it's devastating effects on children. however, because it received such great reviews everywhere, i decided to watch it on netflix. and i'm glad i did. sort of. the imposter is very well structured, and anyone writing a thriller or who-done-it-movie should watch and learn. the true story is unbelievable, and the filmmaker's telling of this crazy story is a study in tension and structure. at first i was bracing myself for a disturbing experience: an american, blue-eyed boy missing from his home in texas, a family in shock and grief, and three years later the missing boy shows up in spain, with a french accent, brown hair and brown eyes. as you can guess by the title of the movie, this boy is an imposter! but what follows next, when the family meets their missing unbelievable. it's really hard to fathom that this is a true story, but apparently it is.

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