Imposter (2018) short film review

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Chris Esper returns with his latest short film Imposter, a look at people from all walks of life who suffer from anxiety. Check out the review.

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He has been prolific since making his first short film in 2008, now, one of Screen Critix’ favourite independent filmmakers is back with his latest creation. We have featured quite a few column inches with Chris Esper’s work, see our reviews for such films as Undatement Center, The Deja Vuers, and please Punish Me. Those three films fit firmly in the comedy genre. Now, not looking to be pigeon-holed, Esper has created something that is both powerful and polished.

Anxiety can strike anybody and everybody should they feel under threat, but some people suffer from it on a day-to-day basis. In Imposter, we see a man at his workplace who is struggling to write and to speak up and answer his boss due to his anxiety (his anxiety is actually performed by a young boy in a genie-like outfit). After work, the man gets on a bus, where he meets a plethora of characters who in turn suffer from the same disorder. There’s a painter who’s anxiety forces her to question if she is actually a good artist and there is also a veteran suffering from PTSD.

IMG 1797 197x300 Imposter (2018) short film reviewEsper stated that his latest short film is his most personal to date, with it touching on the Imposter Syndrome – a psychological pattern that makes people believe that they are frauds and forces them to doubt all of their achievements and accomplishments. This is not a rare condition. In fact, to some degree, it is the complete opposite.

Imposter is a short nine-minute film that contains hardly any dialogue whatsoever and relies on both the story and the performances of its actors – all of which are very strong. We also noticed that, with each film from Esper, the end result is looking more polished and professional, and they were already polished and professional to begin with.


Imposter is Chris Esper’s strongest piece to date. It’s powerful, original and a testament that this young director is surely going places.

5 / 5 stars     

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