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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 - 9 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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Mawazh Mawazh
80T7
anonconmatt anonconmatt
6T8
Rocko Rocko ()
80T8
Guernica Guernica
67T8
Suda_Balk Suda Balık
70T4
cangogs
79T8
theficionado
50T5
The decision to forefront Bourdin's deception saps a great deal of the film's mystery — it's immediately clear that this brown-eyed, French-accented dude with a five o'clock shadow is not young Nicolas — and as a result the family's acceptance of him is never really rendered intelligible. There's some great material for satire here — how the hell did Spanish and American authorities allow this situation to happen? — but it's played far too straight.
meredull
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lilianalc
90T9
sofielykke sofielykke
78T7
cengizermis cengizermis
75T7
balcis
80T5
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80T9
tonygeer
95T6
barsch barsch
75T6
frt87
80T7
Xarnis Xarnis
88T9
sacmersault
83T9
Holygrail2
90T7
Jamie H.
83T4
Egesch
60T1
mkz mkz
80T10
Cerebrus Cerebrus
80T9
Revjhou Revjhou
65T3
WalkenRoll WalkenRoll
75T7
Very interesting, and the re enactments don't take away from this true story. Great editing, but at times you'll question it...
gargantua gargantua
79T8
Faceplant Faceplant
80T8
ihsanka
85T7
honeycuttwc
60T5
isaboojum isaboojum
4T9
Crazy people are very entertaining.
sunno sunno
9T9
Gordon_Cole Gordon Cole
84T8
mavrodief mavrodief
70T7
35mm 35mm
90
Magnolia
90T10
niksus777
82T8
ebr ebr
61T8
donofthedead
74T5
IchBinFrei IchBinFrei
83T9
soybomb42
95T10
guvolefou guvolefou
80T8
chemical404 chemical404
66T8
DON'T READ ANYTHING ABOUT THIS FILM BEFORE WATCHING IT. This is really good life-stranger-than-fiction documentary that never ceases to surprise you. Somewhat similar to last years Catfish it sports a different, more serious tone and style. In the end, it doesn't go beyond interesting story well told, but there aren't too made of those to look this film over.
konrad401 konrad401
70T6
Vassago Vassago
77T8
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80T6
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83T8
Xanian
74T6
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70T6
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95T9
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80T10
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80T8
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80T8
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60T6
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90T9
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80T8
Midaso
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65T5
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70T5
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80T8
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83T8
kdove
70T4
hazelhawks hazelhawks
84T10
rbenkeser
90T8
maroline maroline
76T6
Heen
90T9
KMcNeil KMcNeil
6T6
TheAlliance TheAlliance
80T7
avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
70T9
Henrik Henrik
80T8
Love the way the film takes color entirely from its lying-his-ass-off subject. By the end of the film we are just as confused as the police, judges and other authorities must have been.
irriducibile
85T9
begoniabol begoniabol
82T9
Truly fascinating and blew my mind. Seems like a movie, but it really happened. Knew nothing about it, so if you don't, check it out. It's unbelievable
TMDaines TMDaines
90T10
cke cke
7T6
Zeno
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75T9
al bundy
79T8
gemma2809
81T8
Snazz Snazz
40T2
hawky
80T4
jacquesciesl
80T6
FlashCalahan
90T9
Jurispathic Judge Holden
5T7
waqar waqar
57T4
jamdog
80T6
frolz
93T4
Jazzaloha
56T2
Maybe I'm missing something, but it basically seemed like a typical episode of Unsolved Mysteries. The film could have benefited from exploring what made some one of the central characters tick; the fact that there is little information and clues at the end of the film also disappointed me(predicated score: 72)
Baby_Fish Baby Fish
7T6
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lawngreen
72T8
Ric
60T2
Made me feel a bit queasy, with not much cinematic reward to show for it
starkist777
84T8
Merc Merc
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Mixtzin
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40T2
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90T8
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katsuben
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90T6
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40T2
manuantoni
90T9
agirdir agirdir
80T7
capodelnulla capodelnulla
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lavmiyu lavmiyu
81T7
ZujGag ZujGag
1T6
kubrickvari kubrickvari
80T8
Movida Movida
1T6
oralet oralet
70T8
wzw
60T4
freakazoid
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hellbike
74T7
zigooloo
90T9
Mik29
90T7
doddsinator doddsinator
10T10
FrankHowley FrankHowley
70T6
Winternight Winternight
75T10
robbbbbie
71T5
spiritofeden
62T6
cRckls
70T6
Siyad Siyad
27T8
bizort
75T7
Good story. Just feels like a really long episode of a police investigation show, though.
mvsilva
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aa6264a
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bsivanov
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SirEvo SirEvo
80T6
Lena_Surian Lena Surian
78T3
raven77
4T6
Thejaff
82T9
Papaver Papaver
90T9
doublek
80T6
Diogoweb ()
86T9
Jef.Costello
77T8
K.Ozan
70T6
dsjoerdsma
75T7
oturan_adam onuryilyang
81T8
edaz
87T7
emrecelik emrecelik
86T7
sinseer
70T6
johnatanjj johnatanjj
75T5
junana
70T6
M-B-M
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lexwhitfield
85T10
Inquisitor
20T1
oldgoat oldgoat
70T6
Ends right where a truly great documentary would have been hitting the third act. Decent though.
kangadoodoo kangadoodoo
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Amember
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systemlayers
70T6
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80T7
Booziesioux Booziesioux
75T6
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60T6
bfirem
95T10
franpattak
73T8
al_pacino al pacino
90T9
ladymcdeath ladymcdeath
83T8
Bown Bown
84T8
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.
deadcactu5 deadcactu5
75T8
rockway
78T9
thewire thewire
74T7
Kylos609
87T9
NRM03
73T8
mothwooedher
98T9
Thomassejer Thomassejer
75T7
jspidah
80T9
thehynes thehynes
55T5
Frédéric Bourdin seems like a truly vile man.As for the story - bizarre. Hard to know what to think.Poor Nicholas
tom_dl
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abesempire
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annie annie
77T9
u7mit u7mit
81T5
creck creck
70T6
10kfilms
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thebalkabaa thebalkabaa
80T9
gwynplaine gwynplaine
80T6
mattnawrocki
80T8
laika laika
76T7
OziiX
75T6
Harbinger
87T7
mkellins
60T6
Fairly interesting portrayal of an unbelievable story. To fully appreciate it don't read anything about the story beforehand.
DLawrence
82T8
Laura2812 Laura2812
75T5
Bunken Bunken
40T3
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...
SeveredSick SeveredSick
98T9
jildeese
85T7
ozgurcagdas ozgurcagdas
79T7
sosyalci
95T2
AtomApple
93T9
bearmaster bearmaster
80T9
kenny_knp
65T5
token_kiwi
90T9
RealMacgyver RealMacgyver
80T7
Ram0n
78T8
fungusgnat
48T2
oenginsu
75T9
TheAutomaton
95T10
ztay
80T5
TraverseTown TraverseTown
90T10
halkas halkas
69T8
twhitcomb91 twhitcomb91
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Tester Tester
66T7
Gladstone Gladstone
7T9
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60T5
ralexwr ralexwr
80T8
Zipster
95T10
My mind: *KA-BLOOOOOM*
FoxyRussian FoxyRussian ()
94T9
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...)
chiefg chiefg
65T5
caro-fe
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86T8
ayall ayall
72T3
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85T8
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89T10
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74T4
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85T8
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81T10
ATLANTIS1 ATLANTIS1
0T6
Clsco
60T1
Tova Tova
75T9
Ryan_Lueders Ryan Lueders (ReelRyan)
87T8
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.
EntertainMe
80T8
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
lo_fi lo-fi
66T6
Kianoto
78T9
buckdiddy
81T7
CHOICECOD CHOICECOD
88T9
Kojiless Kojiless
30T4
I'm no government-employed linguist or anything, but I'm pretty sure that there isn't any amount of military-grade buttsecks that could transform a southern Texas drawl into something that sounds like it should come from Pepe le Pew's Albanian cousin. SPOILER: the title.
lionesque lionesque
80T8
Toke Za
60T6
8raz 8raz
83T8
doughbaron
76T7
mannaz230 mannaz230
69T6
AAAutin AAAutin
65T9
XacK XacK
30T1
fhmc
82T5
caiman caiman
52T2
I went into this with some misconceptions. For whatever reason I was expecting a much more intelligent, eerie depiction of a strange crime, with perhaps a touch of Exit Through the Gift Shop style meta-reality. But that's not what this is; rather it's a fairly generic crime story that you'd be likely to see on prime time TV. True the polished style sets it beyond that stylistically, but the level of involvement I felt was nothing greater than that of a 15 minute Dateline NBC story.
PaRaNoYa7 PaRaNoYa7
78T9
ldpfilm
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