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ENCOUNTERS

THE CHAMELEON

Directed by Jean-Paul Salomé
FEATURE NARRATIVE 106 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE THE CHAMELEON

When a mysterious drifter (Marc-André Grondin, C.R.A.Z.Y.) is positively identified as Nicholas Barclay, a Louisiana teenager missing for three years, his sister (Emilie de Ravin, Lost) and mother (Ellen Barkin) welcome him back into their home and begin the long road to reconciliation. But the family's joyful reunion turns bittersweet when suspicions arise about the veracity of Nicolas' claims. A skeptical FBI agent (Famke Janssen) and Barclay's deadbeat brother-in-law (Brian Geraghty) set out to prove he's an imposter, exposing an array of long-dormant family secrets in the process.

Jean-Paul Salomé's (Female Agents) English-language debut is an unsettling psychological thriller, adapted from Christoph D'Antonio's book The Chameleon and based on a bizarre true story. But it is also a riveting family drama, featuring a virtuosic performance from a nearly unrecognizable Barkin as Nicolas' tortured mother. Adeptly balancing the stories of Nicolas' mysterious disappearance and reappearance, the troubled Barclay family, and Janssen's tenacious FBI agent, The Chameleon will keep viewers guessing up to the last frame.

Thriller
About the Director(s)
Jean-Paul Salomé began making Super-8 films at the age of 10 and worked as an assistant director with Claude Lelouch and Michel Deville. His first feature film, Les Braqueuses, won a jury prize at Cognac Festival du Film Policier, and his other films include Restons Groupés, Bonne Nuit, Arsène Lupin, and Female Agents.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Encounters
  • Year:
    2010
  • Length:
    106 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    World
Cast & Credits
  • Producers:
    Bill Perkins, Cooper Richey, Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar, Ram Bergman, Pierre Kubel
  • Director:
    Jean-Paul Salomé
  • Screenwriter:
    Jean-Paul Salomé, Natalie Carter
  • Primary Cast:
    Emilie de Ravin, Famke Janssen, Brian Geraghty, Ellen Barkin, Nick Stahl, Nick Chinlund, Marc-Andre Grodin

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