Rakshita (Raks) Patel (rakspatel) wrote in mycroft_brolly,
Rakshita (Raks) Patel

The Imposter, Preview Screening and Q&A, Brixton Ritzy and Picturehouses Nationwide

Photo credit: http://www.heyuguys.co.uk/2012/07/24/uk-trailer-and-poster-for-the-imposter/

Cut and pasted from the Brixton Ritzy Website:

The Imposter
Director: Bart Layton, 2012

In 1994 the disappearance of 13-year-old Nicholas Barclay rocked his Texan town to its core. Without any clue to his whereabouts, the ensuing search looked like a lost cause. But his family kept hoping and praying and, over three years later, they got their miracle. Nicholas was found halfway around the world, living on the streets in Spain, leading to the most unlikely and emotional of reunions. But all was not as it seemed. Nicholas looked and sounded decidedly different. Stranger still - why did his family seemingly not notice these glaring inconsistencies? It is only when an investigator starts asking questions that this astounding true story takes an even more extraordinary turn.

Raks's Reaction

I saw a preview screening of this today (Sunday 19 August) at the Brixton Ritzy followed by a live satellite Q&A with the director Bart Layton and the author Jon Ronson. The film will be in UK cinemas from 24 August 2012.

My overall topline summary is ... I loved this! It was a ground-breaking and thought-provoking documentary and I really wish more intelligent and thoughtful films like this were made. I am happy to recommend this film to anyone, with no hesitation whatsoever.

I have decided to note down the thoughts that the film prompted in me, as I think people should see the film "fresh" with no spoilers:

- How easy it is for one simple lie to gather pace and spiral out of all control
- How people should think through the consequences of their actions
- How people sometimes want to believe something so much that they will blind themselves to the truth/other possibilities
- How important an identity actually is - your name, your age, your family, your nationality
- How important having a family really is, and how much those who are deprived of one crave one
- I take my identity, my family, and my UK nationality/passport for granted - they are all very precious gifts that I should appreciate and value more
- Doesn't every child/human being deserve a chance? Some people have all the odds stacked against them right from the start, and that is not fair/just
- People who have no one to care for them early on in life, can be permanently damaged by their experiences, and the result is that they will find it very difficult to care about others or care about anyone other than themselves
- You should have empathy for your victims and remorse for your actions if you do something wrong
- Manipulative people understand/"get" other people's motivations and can use it to their advantage.

The image I have posted above is the official UK poster but I personally prefer this branding which I found on the internet!

Photo credit: http://www.iverged.com/movie/9771/the-imposter-trailer-download

Finally, the film's official website, where you can find out more about the film and see the trailer, is here:

In conclusion, go see this film when it opens across the UK on Friday!
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