It’s 1994: a 13-year-old boy disappears from his home in San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later, he is found alive, thousands of miles away, in Spain. Disoriented and quivering with fear, he divulges his shocking story of kidnap and torture. His family is overjoyed to bring him home. But all is not what it seems. Sure, he has the same tattoos, but he looks decidedly different, and he now speaks with a strange accent. Why doesn't the family seem to notice these glaring inconsistencies? It's only when an investigator starts asking questions that this astounding true story takes an even stranger turn.
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In 1994, San Antonio, Texas 13-year-old Nicholas Barclay disappears, vanishes without a trace; he is blond, blue-eyed, incorrigible, loveably irritating, a bane to his mother and older brother; his sister Carey Gibson, for years, grieves and searches, for her younger, painfully-missed sibling. Almost three and a half years later he surfaces in Linares, Spain.
"The Imposter" is an excellent documentary that should be seen for its mesmerizing, psychological analogies; a major news story in 1997, the scenario commences with heart-wrenching testimonials from family members, and a grown-up, dark-skinned "Nicholas".
It is impossible to dissect "The Imposter" without revealing salient aspects of the unfolding, unbelievable progression from myopic faith to bludgeoning, horrific reality. Here is a study of the fragility, vulnerability of human nature; the vanishing of a loved one, resulting in a life of perpetual torture, the Hades, purgatory of never knowing; a life devoid of closure, incapable of healing; a wound that oozes unremitting anguish. The power of the unconscious and conscious mind; stunning, alchemical ability to accept the inconceivable. In tandem, an investigation of a gifted chameleon, a magician, Merlin of obfuscation, potently altering, poisoning lives one lie at a time.
Long after the credits concluded I sat frozen, wondering how and why this tragedy, travesty occurred; questions unanswered, but cognizant "but for the grace of God" I will never feel the agony of a family ripped asunder, vivisected forever from normalcy; you ache for them, pray for them.
THREE & 1/2 STARS!!!