Paper Souls – Film Review

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An improbable but darkly funny film from Belgian director Vincent Lannoo

In this Paris-set film from Belgian director Vincent Lannoo, widower and former novelist Paul (Stephane Guillon) writes funeral eulogies composed from recollections of his clients’ relatives. A woman named Emma (Julie Gayet) asks him to write about her late husband Nathan to encourage her young son to talk about him. After initially rejecting her, Paul relents and ends up developing romantic feelings for Emma and a bond with her son. The story springs to life when Emma’s husband mysteriously appears at Paul’s apartment door, with no understanding of why he’s there. Via dimly lit scenes – including a pavement wrestling match between the two men – this improbable but darkly funny film charts Paul’s struggle to separate the truth from the ghosts that litter his past.