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PAPER SOULS

Director: VINCENT LANNOO

90 minutes, France-Luxembourg-Belgium, 2013, Subtitled, Colour, D-Cinema


This film was released on Friday 1st March 2015 and is no longer screening. 

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Paul (Stephane Guillon) was once a successful novelist but, his confidence shaken after a personal tragedy, is overcome with writers block and can only find work writing eulogies for funerals, penning speeches about people he has had no connection with. He is approached by Emma (Julie Gayet), an attractive widow, who wants Paul to write an account of the life of her late war-photographer husband, Nathan, a special piece that Emma hopes will provoke fond memories for her son on his eighth birthday.

Though he is initially reluctant to take on the job, Paul begins to fall for Emma and starts to write about her husband. Then a strange thing happens; the supposedly dead Nathan (Jonathan Zaccai) arrives at Paul’s door, suffering with amnesia and unsure why he has been drawn there. Vincent Lannoo’s Paper Souls is a charmingly odd romantic comedy. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)

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