Thursday, November 7, 2013

MOVIE WEEKEND: THE IMPOSTER

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

Today I present for your consideration a documentary called The Imposter (2012, Rated R, Available on Netflix Screaming or DVD).


It's 1997 in Spain. The police receive a call from a phone booth. A tourist claims he has found a frightened American kid who has no identification.

The police pick up "the kid". They take him to a children's home. He won't reveal his identity, and begs to spend the night in the home's office so he can have privacy to call his American family to tell them where he is. He knows they'll be very shocked that he's alive.

The Kid calls police departments in the U.S. and looks at photos of missing teens. He then claims to be Nicholas Barclay from San Antonio, Texas, who disappeared in 1994. He would be 17 now.

Nicholas Barclay's sister flies to Spain and says, Yes, this is Nicholas. She says he looks so much like his Uncle Pat. He has Uncle Pat's nose.

But why did Nicholas Barclay have blonde hair and blue eyes, and this young man has dark hair and dark eyes? Why does he have a French accent, though he grew up in Texas? Why does he appear to be older than Nicholas Barclay?


It just gets crazier from there. This documentary is fascinating. You already know from the title that something is not right, but it seems that something might not be right with the Barclay family, too. You have to watch The Imposter to believe it, and even then you'll shake your head and wonder how people can be so crazy.

The Imposter earns The Janie Junebug Highest Seal of Approval. It's strange and fascinating and well made.

Happy Viewing!


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug

23 comments:

  1. Janie ~~~ just a quick note to encourage you to join the novel writing adventure. There are plenty of days left to fill. Just tell Rocco's MOm and she'll put you on a day.

    Come on you can do it!

    SOPHIE and RON

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement, but Frankie and I don't have time to take on any other projects.

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  2. Sounds good--I'll try to watch it this afternoon!!

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  3. Sounds like a fascinating documentary!

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  4. Sounds fascinating. I will add it to my queue. Do you take notes when you do your movie reviews? I think I would have to.

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    1. No notes. Some things stick in my brain. Others fall out my ears.

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  5. Did you see Vera Drake (not sure it that's the full title.) It's sitting there waiting for me to do something . . .

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    1. I think Vera Drake is the full title. It's been a while, but I've seen it a couple of times. It's very good.

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    2. It's sad, but I didn't feel depressed when I watched it. I don't remember who plays Vera (she's an evil person in the Harry Potter movies), but she was nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award for Vera Drake.

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  6. How can I ignore something that you esteem so highly. I'll be sure to check this out.

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    1. Lots of people can ignore what I esteem. If you watch it, please let me know what you think.

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  7. Now this sounds like the kind of intriguing crazy I would enjoy watching. I'll put it on our queue!

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    1. Intriguing crazy is a good description.

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  8. Well, this is weird. Last week, a friend of mine from London sent me this very DVD. I tried watching it the other day, but just couldn't get into it. I will, however, after reading your blog post, endeavor to try again.

    Thanks, Janie :)

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    1. Maybe it's not your kinda thing, but I encourage you to give it another chance. It took me a little while to feel interested in it, but then I wanted to know more because some people are weirdly fascinating.

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  9. I've had this one in my queue. Sounds like I should move it up toward the top. :)

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    1. It's one of the strangest stories I've ever seen. Truth is always stranger than fiction.

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  10. I haven't seen any of these movies you review! This one looks cool...I've added it to my Quay-Way.

    -andi

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    1. I'm not really part of the mainstream. I swim my own way: a doggie paddle.

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