The Imposter

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The Imposter is a documentary that tells the story of Frederic Bourdin, a con artist who seemingly tricked a Texas family into believing he was a relative who disappeared years earlier. Although Bourdin had brown eyes and a French accent, he convinced the family he was their blue-eyed son, saying he had escaped from a child prostitution ring, he lived with the family for almost five months until 6 March 1998. The story is told by Frederic Bourdin himself. This documentary involves constant interviews with the missing son’s family and Frederic, it also frequently includes reconstructions/dramatisation played by actors recreating events that the interviewees are talking about. Reconstructions are dramatised scenes of an event which has been reconstructed and acted out on film based from information of the event. Reconstructions generally provide factual information, and give the viewer a sense of realism. They are used a lot during this documentary to allow to audience to be instantly engaged with the story as they can see the story in a filmic way rather than just hearing about it from the interviewees. The reenactments allow the documentary to be more exciting than a conventional documentary with just talking heads and a narrator, these scenes also help create a suspense throughout the film for the slowly unfolding mystery.

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