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The Imposter: Identity Theft and Deception

Nickie Phillips

Go here for a details about The Imposter, a film inspired by the true story of serial impersonator Frederic Bourdin. The film follows Bourdin as he travels from Spain to the United States, impersonating a 13-year old missing Texas boy, Nicholas Barclay, despite obvious physical differences. Time notes,

Despite the fact that he had a heavy French accent and didn't match the boy's appearance — Bourdin's eyes are brown and Barclay's were blue — Barclay's family bought the deception, bringing Bourdin back to the United States, enrolling him in classes and never questioning that he was their long-lost teenager. They discovered the ruse only after an investigator working for the TV show Hard Copy interviewed the boy in preparation for a story on his miraculous reappearance and noticed all the discrepancies.

For a review of the film go here.

For more details on the life and crimes of Bourdin check out this article by David Gann in the New Yorker, here.

Joshua Haddow interviews Bourdin here.

UPDATE: Yards of Grapevine review here.