A documentary that uses interviews and dramatised recreations to piece together the bizarre story of a missing boy and the young man who impersonated him. Nicholas Barclay was 13-years-old when he disappeared from San Antonio, Texas in 1994, leaving his family bereft. Three and a half years later, he turned up unexpectedly in Spain and was flown home to his family - albeit this Nicholas spoke with a French accent, had grown a beard and had different-coloured hair and eyes. Astoundingly, the boy's family managed to overlook these glaring irregularities until a private investigator was able to prove that he wasn't their son at all, but rather Frederic Bourdin, a 23-year-old French con artist. The film explores the human capacity to believe what we want to believe in spite of all evidence to the contrary.
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