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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)

Genres: Suspense/Thriller, Documentary, Biography

Country: UK, USA

Directed By: Bart Layton

Starring: Ken Appledom, Debbie Jennings, Adam O'Brian, Anthony Zanlungo, Anna Ruben, Cathy Dresbach, Frédéric Bourdin

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The Imposter belongs to 29 collections
1. Netflix Instant (public: moderated by somnivore - 26 stars)
2. List: Empire's five star movies (public: moderated by KasperL - 14 stars)
3. Films available in HD (public: moderated by kubricksucks - 10 stars)
4. True crime (public: moderated by djross - 4 stars)
5. Orange & Teal (public: moderated by shalev - 3 stars)
6. Impersonation / False Identity (public: moderated by nauru - 3 stars)
7. Texas (public: moderated by Pickpocket)
8. Subset Wishlist (public: moderated by altelumi)
9. film puanlamalarım (public: moderated by sacidu)
10. explorer nflix queue (private: explorer - 1 star)
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14. 2012 US Theatrical (private: DrBroel)
15. 2012, Best of (private: Matthew Parkinson)


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Ezp Ludium
81T8
Digger
88T9
mightysparks mightysparks
60T7
Icarus Icarus
82T8
Though annoyed with the drawn out, manipulative third act, I thought the idea behind this film was an important one: we tell ourselves stories, construct narratives that bring us some kind of benefit. Within such frameworks, suggestion takes on a powerful role. I was most mystified by the FBI investigator, as she was supposed to be someone with the habit of critical thinking, but even she was taken in. Viva la pensée critique!
methad1 methad1
79T8
Kortee Kortee
70T7
When I started to think everything that was there to see has been seen - here they were getting my attention again.
penguinfreud penguinfreud
65T7
toro913
82T9
RavynLoony
69T8
Kylos609
87T8
basquiat basquiat
78T7
PaulSandell
70T7
redfrost
50T5
aeroplanino
80T7
slug slug
7T5
gargantua gargantua
79T8
avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
70T9
ladymcdeath ladymcdeath
83T8
AlexanderMG AlexanderMG
91T8
Inquisitor
20T1
junana
70T6
denizozdag
80T5
Gsaelzbaerle
75T7
exolstice exolstice
85T8
future42
60T3
elikfrom
75T2
jetboy jetboy
80T7
Telemecus
70T9
Tedious at first - only got interesting with the second crime possibility.
dustin dustin
70T6
bfinn
80T9
joeroxy joeroxy
77T8
Mattam
67T8
buckdiddy
81T7
jbissell jbissell
75T5
ozgurcagdas ozgurcagdas
79T7
BoywithDog
94T9
oldgoat oldgoat
70T6
Ends right where a truly great documentary would have been hitting the third act. Decent though.
nchinn
98T10
nrm5
70T9
omeraksy omeraksy
75T5
robixsmash
80T9
franpattak
73T8
demrahc13 demrahc13
84T5
bob bob
76T6
FarCryss Suture Self
75T7
The documentary seems to imply something is going on with the Barclays and it's impossible not to be suspicious. Why would they accept Frederic Bourdin as their missing son when that's obviously not the case? Jason's suicide, as well as Beverly's unpredictable behavior, seems to point the accusatory arrow their way, but no conclusive evidence has been found. What the fuck? Is this Texas' fault? Fucking Texas. "My main goal in life was not to think." - Beverly Dollarhide
grodrig1
95T9
pstrauss
95T10
BlancaRosa BlancaRosa
50T5
arvadak
60T6
bearmaster bearmaster
80T9
false10
80T8
da5id da5id
82T8
blahzor blahzor
90T10
harlingtoxad
80T8
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90T10
hayriblock hayriblock
75T7
sidargaba sidargaba
79T6
lexwhitfield
85T10
fenixdown fenixdown
81T8
grade4
90T6
basef6
9T9
kooou kooou
74T6
Abraham Abraham
70T7
getmoney
84T8
The PI is awesome. Like out of a real gumshoe detective story.
FancyClown FancyClown
86T10
CHOICECOD CHOICECOD
88T9
SirEvo SirEvo
80T6
Baby_Fish Baby Fish
7T6
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fdurgan
90T6
Zabby91 Zabby91
1T6
stubbs7 stubbs7
79T5
TheSean
87T9
Zipster
95T10
My mind: *KA-BLOOOOOM*
amichaz
90T9
kyleloomis kyle.loomis
8T10
Mattsdmf
80T7
FreddieQuell FreddieQuell
84T9
Soulmate
69T4
whotemp
47T1
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bybrt bybrt
67T5
Achk
7T8
Ashetails
85T8
raven77
4T6
csanta
80T7
ltjjj89 ltjjj89
80T9
tenant tenant
65T7
admzt
85T8
ezpkns34
70T9
braddad68
98T10
ulashbulut ulashbulut
80T8
Iwantham Iwantham
78T6
anselmo
80T6
whereismybox whereismybox
80T8
erwit
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focak248 focak248
86T9
rydmcalboy
83T7
adamreid1
94T9
pietias231 pietias231
83T9
Xanian
74T6
scanscalan
80T6
HobbesZ HobbesZ
82T8
DeadFox DeadFox
85T8
bprosser10
6T6
Katya Katya
80T8
ventilaator ventilaator
4T8
KramYessev KramYessev
84T10
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.
FlashCalahan
90T9
Rayze
62T2
sosyalci
95T2
ceja ceja
65T7
cRckls
70T6
depers
77T9
beast beast
8T9
u7mit u7mit
81T5
robbbbbie
71T5
jasonomara15 ()
60T6
guppy guppy
65T7
heljohnsn
63T5
Daffy6964 Daffy6964
79T5
bexter
9T10
divxcimcime
8T8
ahmetemre
81T9
jessforrest jessforrest
70T6
moovielover
85T6
standardchin standardchin
90T10
Gladstone Gladstone
7T9
Thejaff
82T9
Corey M
70T5
lo_fi lo-fi
66T6
teckgecko teckgecko
70T5
EsseGesse
80T8
thiemen
6T6
TychoCelchuu TychoCelchuu
59T2
Jerky Jerky
75T10
cangogs
79T8
ZombieBuffet ZombieBuffet
70T9
norvaljones norval_jones
80T7
guvolefou guvolefou
80T8
anonconmatt anonconmatt
6T8
ferrvq
80T3
senay erlichte
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kemackelis
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NRM02
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85T7
incisor incisor
80T9
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Empsall
83T9
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60T5
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70T7
danchukal
90T9
cat9man cat9man
86T8
SnoopyStyle
80T9
honeycuttwc
60T5
humbertogzz
83T9
Zeboim
20T1
Fake and plodding.
ddrudges d_drudges
40T5
Not really a documentary at all, The Imposter is more of a fictionalized movie supposedly based on a true story. The subject is interesting, but the decision to obfuscate the line between real and "dramatized" footage and leave the audience no way of knowing what is actually true makes the film a farce.
Ariaz Ariaz
65T4
akjn akjn
70T6
y.caliskan
70T6
dst7175 dst7175
62T5
What a great actor
aylakadam
85T7
toko toko
88T9
Obdurate Obdurate
92T10
Knowing nothing about the real case I didn't know what to expect. I liked the premise and wanted to see what came from it. Turns out this is a pretty complex docu-thriller, and not what I thought at all. It draws you into the world of a pathological liar/identity theft, goes from being a gripping tale of a family and loss to a true-crime movie. Like his identity, you're left wondering what the truth is in all of this, what happened to Nicholas?
sammosummo
80T9
LesterGroans
78T8
jeffv jeff_v
73T8
ebr ebr
61T8
moodeuce
60T2
illeagle
80T8
letherm
48T4
shaphappy
80T5
deadcactu5 deadcactu5
75T8
evrenpozan
71T6
doublek
80T6
Shellish Shellish
76T6
cambel cambel
77T7
mkdaun
85T9
Manuela
82T5
sofielykke sofielykke
78T7
starkist777
84T8
cengizermis cengizermis
75T7
M-B-M
6T7
fkaraman fkaraman
70T5
Enoki Enoki
55T5
rtduck
60T8
jkwall jkwall
4T8
OziiX
75T6
hawky
80T4
fthd fth.d
75T8
balcis
80T5
jenner1407 jenner1407
79T5
zmt311 zmt311
81T9
axleblaze axleblaze
90T8
A chilling and baffling film.
Movida Movida
1T6
Thomassejer Thomassejer
75T7
shanw shanw
83T8
Bojangles Bojangles
80T10
Noblet Noblet
54T3
Interesting, but the last act annoyed me a lot. It's manipulative in the worst kind of way.
Gaile Gaile
65T6
pisser pisser
65T6
3_Qs ???
77T8
ibodirector ibodirector
79T8
bfirem
95T10
RealMacgyver RealMacgyver
80T7
MentalCritic MentalCritic
75T8
odessey odessey
70T7
gulahgula gulahgula
86T8
barsch barsch
75T6
steekjelos
50T1
Budhisattva Budhisattva
73T4
jebus19
73T8
10kfilms
83T9
thewire thewire
74T7
debaser1985
67T5
ilyaoblomov ilyaoblomov
70T8
donofthedead
74T5
alacienputa
83T7
trip9
80T7
birkannn
78T9
amerigo amerigo
85T9
Gideon Gideon
3T10
A good docu with a fictional narrative, or so it feels. It's bizarre this actually happened. The only thing the director could have improved on is the ending, exploring Bourdin's psyche. It is obvious he is a genuine fantasist and has a personality disorder. I would have liked to know how he was shaped this way. Given the stories he told to some therapists he could have been abused himself, as a child. Overall a good documentary. The thick thriller element could have been toned down somewhat.
Mr. Metro
86T9
Eric_WK Eric WK
70T7
jphilade jphilade
79T9
waffenschmid
60T5
JooJoo JooJoo
5T5
Hadzibegovic Hadzibegovic
80T8
educhristoph educhristoph
85T10
gokhanince gokhanince
86T9
Diogoweb ()
86T9
imdb imdb
69T7
creck creck
70T6
von_krogh von krogh
79T9
One of the scariest films I've ever seen.
kennybauer kennybauer
90T9
Guernica Guernica
67T8
TraverseTown TraverseTown
90T10
constantine constantine
81T8
Jamie H.
83T4
mardytam snbutler
65T5
zulfiraja
100T10
mavrodief mavrodief
70T7
Marx !Marx
74T6
doddsinator doddsinator
10T10
ruben88
80T7
Arithaniel Arithaniel
7T7
sensei sensei
70T4
FBI dipshits.
pinkfaggot pink_faggot
9T9
mesela
88T9
whatisitisee
80T8
spudding spudding
58T3
Mildly interesting. Many may like it but for me it should have been a real documentary. No much more to say about it. I will recommend watching if you are into psychology and thrillers at the same time.
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