Film: The Imposter
01/01/0001, 2:00 PM to 3:40 PM
$8 / $6 mem, and free for VIP Film Pass holders. map
This twisting, turning tale, an official selection at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, begins with an unsettling disappearance – that of Nicholas Barclay, a 13 year-old Texas boy who vanishes without a trace. Three and a half years later, staggering news arrives: the boy has been found, thousands of miles from home in Spain, saying he survived a mind-boggling ordeal of kidnap and torture by shadowy captors. Suspicion surrounds the person who claims to be Nicholas. How could the Barclay’s blonde, blue-eyed son have returned with darker skin and eyes? How could his personality and even accent have changed so profoundly? Why does the family not seem to notice the glaring differences? And if thisperson who has arrived in Texas isn’t the Barclay’s missing child . . . who on earth is he? And what really happened to Nicholas?
Director Bart Layton fuses confessional interviews, strikingly creative re-enactments and suspenseful storytelling into a documentary film that asks the audience to play detective – as they ferret out the blurred evidence between a family who seems desperate to believe, a private investigator obsessed with resolution and a lonely thief whose only loot is human identities. Yet, just when it seems the puzzle of Nicholas Barclay has cometogether, another corkscrew twist turns everything upside down – and draws the audience deeper into The Imposter’s lacerating questions about truth, perception and why people are so tempted to pretend, to fib and, most of all, to fool ourselves. To purchase tickets by phone please call 901.544.6208.
Director: Bart Layton
Documentary | U.K. | 2012 | 99 minutes