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Paper Souls

Comedy, Fantasy

Paul has a strange job: he writes funeral orations. Read more …


Victor, his friend and neighbor, no longer knows what to do to shrug off his loneliness. One day Emma, a young widow, asks Paul to do a curious thing and tell her 8-year-old son about his dead father. A relationship then forms between Paul and Emma, but the ghosts of the past come to haunt them. A love story... with ghosts!

The critical consensus

It’s an unsatisfying, maudlin conclusion to a rather insignificant supernatural offering.

**(*)(*)(*)Alan Laidlaw, The List, 12/01/2015

It is papery and insubstantial.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 15/01/2015

The director Vincent Lannoo doesn't have quite the Lubitsch touch but, in its own slightly flimsy way, Paper Souls makes pleasant enough viewing.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 16/01/2015

You need to take all of this with a large pinch of salt but the cast is game and it is as light as a soufflé.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 16/01/2015

Failing to establish any Ghost-style internal logic to justify the sudden narrative leap, any worthwhile ideas simply get lost amid confused and silly plotting.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 17/01/2015

A writer of funeral orations is visited by a ghost in a fantasy that’s cliched but occasionally poignant.

**(*)(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 18/01/2015

Where and when?

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Friday January 16, 2015, until Thursday January 22, 2015. More info:

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