Not only does The Imposter tell an incredible true story from the point of views of all of the major players that were involved, it throws a wrench in that hit me like a ton of bricks, making this an incredibly memorable documentary.
One thing I’ve started paying close attention to while watching documentaries is how well the movie is edited to deliver an emotional punch. The Imposter has one of the stronger editing jobs of all ten (or so) documentaries I’ve watched this “Year of 50 Docs”. The cinematographic style that comes out mostly in the editing (like many documentaries) is one that I fell in love with. The mix of actual footage, reenactments, and new interviews flow perfectly from scene to scene, and help The Imposter stand out in the crowded field of excellent 2012 documentaries.
The Imposter tells a story of a Frenchman who attempts to take over the identity of a missing, 14-year-old Texas boy. Yeah, it is definitely a story that is so absurd that it must be true. As the film progresses, I found my heart racing with anticipation on what would happen next (as someone who did not follow this story when it was breaking in real life). The pacing is spot on, and there is never a dull moment.
It’s amazing how director Burt Layton is able to present his own, unique directorial vision while always keeping the movie about the main cast of players. The substance is equal to the style that Layton presents in that the viewer can lose themselves in the substance thanks to the style. It’s a thing to behold, and The Imposter absolutely deserves to be beheld.