Every once in a while a film comes around that is like nothing else you’ve seen. A unique experience that has the benefit of having nothing prior to it, with which a viewer can compare it. For me, ‘The Imposter’ was one of these films.
I’m going to try my best to give up nothing here. It is also a film that is most effective if you know very little about it going in. I could not help but post a piece about the film however, as I want people to be aware of it’s existence and have a chance to get out there and see it.
Available for rent, or on Netflix instant streaming, ‘The Imposter’ is actually a documentary feature, but it is a mixture of real life interviews and footage, and actors, acting like they are in a documentary. This is actually very strange, and the reason the film is presented like this I’m not sure. Perhaps to add some dramatization, perhaps because enough actual footage just wasn’t available. Either way, it works.
Anyway, again the film is a documentary, and tells the tale of a Frenchman, living in Spain, who claims to be a 16 year old boy that disappeared from his family in San Antonio, Texas, three years prior. Obviously, this immediate sounds like a very implausible idea, especially when you actually see the culprit, compared to the real young boy’s picture. However, the story is true, and I will say nothing more than that, so as not to spoil any of the films mystery.
What I loved so much about this film, was, well, everything. The first thing I loved, was that although it is a documentary, it is very entertaining. The actors who play their real life counterparts are fantastic, and really bring things to life. The young Frenchman is amazing, managing to be extremely funny at times, while also being very creepy, and he is one of those people who you don’t know how to feel about. You don’t know if you should be rooting for or against this person, which is crazy considering what we already know about the situation.
The film also does what any great documentary has to do, which is ask difficult questions of the audience. However, it is able to do this often, without always actually asking us. We just feel the question, and see the questions being asked of us, by the interactions and real life thoughts and feelings of the people involved.
The last thing is that it manages to continue to provide mysteries and unanswered questions, even as it reveals the answers to others. As we learn one thing, we realize we do not know another. This keeps the film going, and allows it the benefit of never being boring.
I will give away no more, but I suggest everyone go check this one out. The trailer is below if you want to check it out.