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In 1994 a 13-year-old boy disappears without a trace from San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later he is found alive, thousands of miles away in a village in southern Spain with a story of kidnap and torture. His family is overjoyed to bring him home. But all is not quite as it seems. The boy bears many of the same distinguishing marks he always had, but why does he now have a strange accent? Why does he look so different? And why doesn't the family seem to notice these glaring inconsistencies? It's only when an investigator starts asking questions that this strange tale takes an even stranger turn…
Documentary meets Film Noir in a true story, which has the twists and turns of a thriller. Told in a cinematic language that combines documentary and stylized visualizations, perception is challenged at every turn. Just as the truth begins to dawn on you, another truth emerges leaving you even more on edge.
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A-HitFix's Daniel Fienberg reviews The Imposter, playing in the World Documentary competition at the Sundance Film Festival.