15 The Imposter

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In 1994, 13-year-old Nicholas Barclay vanished without trace from his home, leaving his family with myriad unanswered questions. Years later, they received a telephone call from Spain, informing them that the boy had been found safe and well in a care home. The young man turned out to be 23-year-old impostor Frederic Bourdin but curiously, Nicholas's family welcomed him with open arms.

Bart Layton directs this gripping documentary about a con man who wormed his way into the lives of a vulnerable family from Texas. In 1994, 13-year-old Nicholas Barclay vanished without trace from his home, leaving his family with myriad unanswered questions. Years later, they received a telephone call from Spain, informing them that the boy had been found safe and well in a care home, clearly traumatised by his ordeal. Nicholas's sister Carey flew to Spain where she was greeted by a shy, reticent teenager with dyed blond hair and brown eyes - a world away from the blond, blue-eyed teenager who had been the apple of her eye. Yet Carey accepted the man as Nicholas, taking him back to Texas where the rest of the clan welcomed Nicholas with open arms, ignoring the fact that the man was in fact 23-year-old impostor Frederic Bourdin. This documentary sheds light on an incredible case and asks why the family embraced a stranger with a foreign accent like a son.

  • Genre: Documentary Drama
  • Cast:Alan Teichman, Cathy Dresbach, Anna Ruben, Adam O'Brian.
  • Director:Bart Layton.
  • Writer:Bart Layton.
  • Country:UK
  • Duration:98
  • Release:24/08/2012 (selected cinemas)
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