7. The Imposter
A story so unbelievable, it’s can’t be true. And yet, documentarian Bart Layton employs the investigative flair of a crime-noir novelist to lay out the harrowing account of a deceitful, 23-year-old French con artist who pretends to be a San Antonio teenager reported missing by his concerned family years prior. That’s only part of the story, though, and it’s remarkable how many times The Imposter shifts gears, both narratively and thematically, before Layton arrives at his open-ended but highly suggestive conclusion. We were blessed with an array of powerful documentaries this year, and The Imposter was the unforgettable cream of the crop.

Best Moment: The extent of the lies being told by professional imposter Frederic Bourdin are revealed to the FBI as his lengthy criminal record is spit out of a fax machine. Yet by that point, we don’t know whether we should feel sorry for the Texas family he is deceiving … or for the slimy criminal, who might have bitten off more than he can chew.

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