In 1994, a thirteen-year-old boy disappeared from San Antonio, Texas. Three-and-a-half years later, he is found alive and well thousands of miles away in Europe. He tells a story of kidnap and torture when he returns. While his family is excited to bring him home, all is not as it seems…
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Brilliant how Layton enabled Bourdin to manipulate the audience as he did the family, following the officer's search for the boys body to accentuate Bourdin's ability to manipulate and coerce. It's easy for people to criticise the family, but how many people were expecting the officer to find a body? How many people were suspecting the family of his death?
Expertly made documentary. It's always lovely to see a stylistically fun and well shot documentary, as most follow very standard stylistic choices. And the recreations were well done! But yeah, this shit was disturbing as hell! The story is so absolutely unbelievable it honestly felt made up! And to tell the story through the perspective of the imposter himself was absolutely fascinating and chilling!
"Why would you take in a stranger, a stranger from another country, from Spain who speaks with a French accent. This had to be Nicholas Barclay" - I love this piece of reasoning that Frederic exploited. BECAUSE all evidence is to the contrary, it simply must be him. An utterly bizarre and brilliant film that gets away with being incredibly manipulative mostly because it's main character is more manipulative.
Absolutely chilling documentary about a 23 year old French citizen who manages to assume the identity of a 16 year old boy from Texas who had gone missing 4 years prior, fooling even the boy's own mother. In the process, he finds himself embroiled in an even bigger mystery even he could not have foreseen. A truly gripping film about the human mind's capacity to believe what it wants to believe against all odds.