We have the awesome new trailer for The Imposter – a true-crime documentary/stylish noir mystery from director Bart Layton, released on 24th August. Produced by Dimitri Doganis, with executive producer Simon Chinn also onboard (who else worked on Project Nim and Man on Wire), The Imposter looks like a truly original, and shocking documentary.
The documentary begins with the unsettling disappearance of Nicholas Barclay, a 13 year-old Texan, who vanishes without a trace. Three and a half years later, staggering news arrives: he has been found in Spain, claiming to have survived a mind-boggling kidnap ordeal. His family is over-the-moon to have him home, no matter the circumstances, but things turn even stranger once Nicholas returns to Texas.
Though the family accepts him, people are suspicious of his claim to be the Barclay’s son. His blonde hair and blue eyes are both now darker, and there are profound changes to his personality and accent. But why do the family not notice the glaring differences? And who is he really, if he’s not Nicholas?
Layton fuses confessional interviews and suspenseful storytelling into a film that asks the audience to play detective. We must find the truth amongst the blurred evidence from a family who are just desperate to believe, a private investigator obsessed with resolution, and a lonely thief whose only loot is human identities.
But just when it seems the puzzle has been solved, another twist turns everything upside down – drawing the audience deeper into the film’s questions of truth, perception and why people are so tempted to fool themselves, and others.
This might just be the documentary of the year, so check out the intriguing trailer now, before catching the film next month.