The less you known about Federic Bourdin, the better! Before you go and Google him, please stop! Watch The Imposter instead, this is a story that will intrigue anybody, and a story that will haunt you long after.
This film is categorically a documentary, but is also a biographical re-telling of Federic Bourdin’s life during 1997 onwards. The tone of this film is for certain thriller-ish and outright creepy. You will be saying, out loud, mind you, “what the F…!?” I most certainly was! This combination of styles makes this ‘documentary’ so watchable and engaging. The 99 minute runtime will pass ever so quickly.
Like I said in the outset, the less you know the better, so rest assured I am not going to spoil it for you. I just want to take the opportunity to rave about it, and let you know that this story is out there, and thanks to Bart Layton, we have a theatrical representation of it, story telling at its best! Documentaries have been around since the very first images where captured on film, so they are a cornerstone to the FilmMunch philosophy.
Documentaries are constantly evolving, and The Imposter is a key stage of it’s evolution. There are many variations to documentaries, cinema-virate, poetic, observational. Mostly when you watch a documentary, it is fairly easy to put it into it’s category. With The Imposter it’s not that easy, we have interviews, we have re-enactments, what appears to be home videos, and in your face narration. It’s innovative to say the least, and hence warrants attention and our consideration. The Imposter was released in 2012, Bart Layton doesn’t seem to be working on anything else, but I want more!
This story was very loosely adapted by Hollywood in the film The Chameleon, which I have yet to see. Generally a documentary is a preferable choice when considering a true story, though. This film will make you think hard once it’s over and will leave some unanswered questions, simply because there is no definitive answer. Mysteries are everywhere, and it’s inspirational to see that filmmakers like Bart Layton are willing to put the time and energy to make an artistic piece such as this. Stories need to be told! Stories evoke emotion and feeling, and this is a story that most certainly makes you feel, namely ‘goosebumps’ and shivers up and down your spine…
All curious FilmMunchers and doco lovers are invited to meet The Imposter!
TRIVIA COOKIE: The Imposter won Bart Layton won a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut. This film was also short-listed for an Academy Award but did not receive a nomination.