Director: Bart Layton
Starring: Adam O'Brian, Frédéric Bourdin
This is the most chilling and bizarre documentary ever filmed about a young boy who vanished without a trace. In June 1994, 13 year old Nicholas Barclay disappeared while playing basketball in San Antonio in Texas - 3 years later he was found in Spain. He was returned to his family who welcomed him home with open arms. He now spoke with a Spanish accent and his eyes had changed colour. Was he the missing child or was he an imposter? The FBI quickly suspected that he wasn’t the missing teenager, even at the family’s insistence that he was.
Eventually a private investigator learns the truth, acquiring a confession from the imposter confirming that he was a 23 year old fraud. But why did the family believe so quickly that he was their loved one when it was so obvious to others that he wasn’t? Did the family have something to hide? Were the family somehow involved in the young boy’s disappearance?
This documentary deals with Frederic Bourdin, a French serial imposter, who spent years stealing identities of missing youngsters in Europe and who was wanted by Interpol. Dramatised, it is filmed with unknown actors who play the roles of those involved. The interviewing technique used in filming is effective and aids tremendously in heightening the unnerving and haunting feeling the audience experience while watching this movie.
More enthralling than a fictional psychological thriller, there are so many twists and turns that it’s hard to believe that this is a true story. Suspenseful and riveting, its realism enhances the audiences’ awareness of the horrors that families of missing children go through. This is the must see movie of the year. JAKE