Blending real-life testimony and dramatic re-enactments, Bart Layton’s docu-thriller revisits a 1997 US tabloid scandal that even Jeremy Kyle would have a hard time swallowing: how Frédéric Bourdin, a swarthy, 23 year-old Frenchman, conned a Texan family into believing he was their missing teenage son. Or did he?
The year’s most fascinating and frightening doc so far, The Imposter delves far beneath the hysterical tabloid headlines.
Reviewed by Guy Lodge
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