The Chameleon

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Lleju Productions Released 2010

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Director:
Jean-Paul Salomé
Released:
2010
Rating:
R

Based on a true story about Frédéric Bourdin, a French-born serial impostor and master of disguise who assumed scores of identities, especially those of missing teenagers, The Chameleon is the first English-language feature from French director Jean-Paul Salomé. Missing Louisiana13-year old Nicholas shows up four years later in Europe with a wild tale of abduction and escape. His mother and sister are overjoyed he's back but Nicholas' brother-in-law doubts the young man is really Nicholas. An FBI agent starts looking into the case and she too is convinced that the Nicholas who returned is an imposter. The film was released in France on June 23, 2010 and in the USA, in limited theaters, on June 8, 2011.

Metacritic Score

  • 50

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Ms. Barkin is almost unrecognizable as this bedraggled bundle of rage and disappointment. Exploding from deep within, her devastating performance hijacks the film.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Gary Goldstein

    Salomé and co-writer Natalie Carter offer some explanatory psychology, but the complexities remain underdeveloped. Still, you won't be bored.

  • 50

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Like last year's "All Good Things," this fictionalized take on a still unresolved true-crime case of deception and disappearance can't help but intrigue, though the execution falls...

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Drama, Suspense