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The Imposter (2012)
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Summary: A documentary centered on a young Frenchman who convinces a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who went missing for 3 years. (imdb)
Country: UK, USA
Directed By: Bart Layton
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na ceyhun_mr
72
T7
na B.2
65
T9
Fascinating story, adeptly narrated.
na Littlepip
80
T8
na hellacopter
83
T8
na Pingy
90
T8
na educhristoph
85
T10
na Paynetrain
89
T10
na ceja
65
T7
na yoohoo
75
T5
na Cronos
80
T9
na bones_r
80
T8
na Guernica
67
T8
na rannydoscoe
75
T4
na b4con
80
T6
na vordven
80
T7
na ldpfilm
82
T9
na grodrig1
95
T9
na pain20040
80
T7
na gabehabash
50
T3
na schnofel
69
T7
na robixsmash
80
T9
na mightysparks
60
T7
na cloque
8
T8
na Rael
85
T6
na beware
85
T6
na boao
80
T8
na Ric
60
T2
Made me feel a bit queasy, with not much cinematic reward to show for it
na DeadFox
85
T8
na penguinfreud
65
T8
na NRM01
70
T9
na Amadeus
68
T4
na djemba
80
T8
na PaRaNoYa7
78
T9
na The_Serdar
80
T6
na DavidBlast
70
T7
The story has such a rich tapestry of bizarre circumstances that the highly stylized way in which it is told becomes a terrible distraction. The overambitious cinematography betrays Layton's apparent lack of trust in the material, as he reaches for a 'Capturing the Friedmands' kind of openness towards the end. Haha. That final crane shot alone; what circus clowns the participants must have felt like.
na justingrima
80
T8
na sherlock1024
85
T8
na bown
84
T8
Bourdin is just an incredible character. His playful, smug retelling of the whole tale elevates the movie so much. Perhaps a little too dramatised and selective - they definitely deliberately picked parts where the family came off as stupid - but the movie's still tense as shit and legitimately unbelievable.
na Allynhi
60
T6
na CarsonWid
76
T8
It started very slowly and I just felt like everyone was trying to make themself seem awesome or at least not as stupid as they looked, but it built up to a very good ending and turned out to be quite interesting...if not for the story, then for the filmmaking
na Chukkamans
90
T10
na Ag0stoMesmer
4
T10
This doc had a lot going on; FFSing at the authorities, entertaining eccentrics -Boss Hogg detective was ace, knots of trauma and delusion. Fascinating stuff.
na sagantyson
8
T6
na shaphappy
80
T5
na Johnny6Gun
45
T4
na fizban
40
T2
na Kerc
25
T8
na gargantua
85
T9
na deadcactu5
75
T8
na al bundy
79
T8
na cyhnqcl
69
T5
na WalkenRoll
75
T7
Very interesting, and the re enactments don't take away from this true story. Great editing, but at times you'll question it...
na Holygrail2
90
T7
na ibodirector
79
T8
na lo-fi
66
T6
na twincinema
80
T8
na ventilaator
4
T7
na Space Pope
75
T7
There are a few stylistic touches early on in the recreations of Bourdin's initiating the con that rubbed me the wrong way, but once we reach the point where "Nicholas" is "reunited" with "his" family, it becomes intensely gripping and at one point actually made me mutter "oh, what the fuuuuck" when certain implications were made - implications that, for a number of reasons, were not entirely expanded on. This whole case is completely bananas. Bonus points for 16 Horsepower's Wayfaring Stranger.
na AVclub
9
T9
na blahzor
90
T10
na Amember
9
T8
na TJinAustin
80
T7
na BoywithDog
94
T9
na Zygrunte
80
T10
na whatisitisee
80
T8
na chiphall72
78
T7
na Corey M
70
T4
na Bunken
40
T3
Yes, the story is extremely special, but besides some great editing I didn't find The Imposter very interesting. Seemed like an extended version of a weekly unsolved crime show...
na kerolayn
83
T8
na AFlickering
2
T4
its manipulation is too transparent; my all-encompassing suspicion prevented me from falling into the trap of mirroring the family's confirmation bias (and feeling implicated by that final shot). linklater's superior 'bernie' forced me to adopt the town's perspective with an innocuous tone echoing bernie's homely, earnest charm; i didn't feel manipulated, so i wasn't suspicious. mcconaughey's disgust left me feeling chastened and unsettled. 'the imposter' just left me feeling smarter than it.
na mavrodief
70
T7
na gokhanince
86
T9
na K.Ozan
70
T6
na emrah
78
T8
na M.Robitussin
88
T6
i wasn't crazy about the reliance on reenactments but this was still a cool story.
na Mondarable
9
T10
na HobbesZ
82
T7
na tradingair
8
T9
na Llanirev
70
T6
na Prooffreader
75
T7
na Enoki
55
T5
na woods
75
T6
na reprise
75
T7
na skamac
85
T9
na zigooloo
90
T9
na trip9
80
T7
na Bojangles
80
T9
na mCihhh
80
T9
na chzhang
81
T7
na svenvrossen
71
T7
na balcis
80
T5
na robbbbbie
71
T5
na Ryan Lueders
87
T8
A very cool documentary about a Texas family who welcomes a complete stranger into their home. A 23 year old French man pretends to be a teenage missing boy from Texas. His stories are elaborate and shocking. This is definitely a great movie to watch if you like unsolved mysteries or murder cases. The whole thing is done very well. My biggest complaint is that you have more questions than answers by the end. Just remember to look at people's ears, that's how you really tell who is who.
na rickyafraid
74
T5
na shanw
83
T8
na wzw
60
T4
na fzycow
88
T6
na forehead1
70
T9
Well-directed one-watch doc that fully immerses you in the story from beginning to end. Includes plenty of honest testimony from the main players, while successfully keeping you guessing about all of them. The re-enactment scenes are used sparingly and interspersed well too. 'The dig' was a bit of a tease though.
na fhmc
82
T5
na Booziesioux
75
T6
na Tatsuya
93
T9
na eeeli
84
T8
na Jerky
75
T10
na DesertPunk
83
T9
The Imposter is emotionally complex in such a disturbing way. Every time you form an opinion, it's changed in a second by one word or one image that feels like a punch in the face. This is how you make a documentary.
na Spunkie
70
T9
na delgado
75
T8
na exolstice
85
T8
na Perkus
80
T7
na mjjoao
80
T8
na AlexanderMG
91
T8
na Achk
7
T8
na kayhanoktav
74
T4
na ok292
83
T9
na grade4
90
T6
na puff
4
T9
na ferrvq
80
T4
na ecem
99
T8
na dtortum
85
T5
Hikaye cok cok guzel! Film biraz onun ekmegini yiyor sanki bi tik daha dusundurucu olabilirdi
na jkwall
8
T9
na mamadoly
50
T3
na Laura2812
75
T5
na scanscalan
80
T6
na soraxtm
90
T10
na cbaarck
75
T6
na Halfman
60
T2
na DLawrence
82
T8
na Yuma
4
T5
na incisor
80
T9
na KramYessev
84
T10
This is probably the closest a film has to come to "scaring" me since I realised that films aren't scary. The story itself is terrifying enough but it increases tenfold upon the realisation that this is an actual documentary (I went into this completely blind). Incredibly well made and a fascinating, nail-biting experience. One of this years best.
na OzGrenouille
89
T8
na IrishCassidy
70
T6
na kubrick86
78
T6
na Cowman
77
T9
na evrenpozan
71
T6
na y.caliskan
70
T6
na jeff_v
73
T8
na tunasky
99
T10
na zerothh
80
T10
na divxcimcime
8
T8
na aylakadam
85
T7
na maroline
76
T6
na AlleyLights2
72
T7
na toro913
82
T9
na godmonster
80
T8
na mvsilva
90
T10
na lexwhitfield
85
T10
na knuth
80
T8
na LouisMazzini
80
T9
na hellboy76
69
T8
na kyle.loomis
8
T9
na MurphDick
85
T7
na 35mm
90
na Conor_C96
81
T7
na OziiX
75
T6
na jbyn
90
T10
na Iwantham
78
T6
na cambel
77
T7
na Cro$by
85
T7
na kemackelis
72
T5
na Vassago
77
T8
na cgcore
71
T8
na Kobi2
80
T6
na tinky
92
T7
na Minxie
87
T8
na FoxyRussian
94
T9
A fantastic documentary that has twist and turns. Sadly the ending is a little rushed (some of it for stylistic choices, others parts because I don't why...)
na jebus19
73
T8
na noi
90
T10
na TheSean
87
T9
na oread
85
T10
na lawngreen
72
T8
na dessaccades
40
T1
na Movida
1
T6
na thehynes
55
T5
Frédéric Bourdin seems like a truly vile man.As for the story - bizarre. Hard to know what to think.Poor Nicholas
na Shadrik
72
T7
na AKS
73
T8
na salty dog
76
T8
na nrm4
74
T9
na pstrauss
95
T10
na guvolefou
80
T8
na ZujGag
1
T6
na undinum
80
T7
man, how awesome is that private eye? "THE EARS!!!"
na PaulSandell
70
T7
na JooJoo
5
T5
na prior
75
T4
na hknrgn
81
T8
na debaser1985
67
T5
na doddsinator
10
T10
na whotemp
47
T1
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na holdingemail
73
T6
na denizozdag
80
T5
na gwynplaine
80
T6
na betorocha
80
T8
na r.Din
30
T1
na kennybauer
90
T9
na dcphillips
82
T5
na ugur
7
T6
na da5id
85
T8
na ajdm
20
T1
na pasnouma
60
T3
na Budhisattva
73
T4
na Tatanka
78
T10
na Toke Za
60
T6
na Colten97
85
T3
na IchBinFrei
83
T8
na sinanokn
88
T8
na Ludium
81
T8
na zevel6
70
T10
na imdb
69
T7
na fahasch
95
T8
na bridgeferr
40
T2
na olympia
70
T8
na C12H17N2O4P
78
T8
na arif
70
T3
na tom20
81
T8
na felipelahm
54
T4
The hype is there, but The Imposter, since its very beginning, when the film is fastly rewinded after the introduction and a Discovery Channel-like dramatization is staged, feels like a documentary that is always attempting to overcome the interest on its main subject, a french con artist that manages to fool spanish policemen, the FBI and a family of a missing child and even accuse this same family or killing this kid when he realizes his cover is no longer believable. Tricky, but not bright.
na soybomb42
95
T10
na Videodromsim
70
T5
na Serok Sartre
60
T5
na juan.v
80
T6
na CHOICECOD
88
T9
na Mr. Nobody
18
T10
na Tova
75
T9
na laika
76
T7
na Eglaia
70
T8
Wow, I guess life IS stranger than fiction. What a compelling story, although I think the documentary might be slightly on the side of the imposter as in the end we see that he is a very, very deceiving person, we are not told of this until the very end and it makes you think of the family as murderers. Which they might be, but a documentary has to be more objective. Really well shot, edited and told story. A little bit mainstream but still a great watch.
na jnmovie
87
T9
na adamreid1
94
T9
na bacondudeman
85
T7
na akjn
70
T5
na Gaile
65
T6
na roonay3k
72
T8
na HiResDes
77
T8
na ckirkman
70
T8
na guyeverton
87
T8
na edaz
87
T7
na anselmo
15
T5
na pisser
65
T6
na NRM02
85
T10
na elifish
70
T5
na Grimsrud
72
T3
na sakuragirl
82
T9
na kkarsan
65
T7
na anildemirhan
82
T6
na peaceloveska
80
T6
na EntertainMe
80
T8
My terrible first review (score: 40) "Completely wicked premise stretched painfully out to 90 minutes. Very well-shot B-footage. Probably could have worked better as a full-on dramatization, actually, and I rarely say that." Ugh
na getmoney
84
T8
The PI is awesome. Like out of a real gumshoe detective story.
na sunno
9
T9
na Jelly
84
T9
na VerticalGunn
86
T8
na !Marx
74
T6
na harlingtoxad
80
T8
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