Doppelgänger Paul (Or a Film About How Much I Hate Myself)
(Canada, 81 min.)
Dir. Kris Elgstrand, Dylan Akio Smith; Writ. Kris Elgstrand
Starring: Brad Dryborough, Tygh Runyan, Ben Cotton, Matty Finochio.
I hate myself for hating Doppelgänger Paul, since it’s a quirky little Canadian movie with a wonderful premise. Paul (Brad Dryborough) finds a note on his door from a man named Karl. Karl believes that Paul is his doppelgänger (i.e.: his double), so he has been following him since the two first crossed paths. It’s a strange, absurdist situation that has the potential to unfurl many philosophical musings. Unfortunately, though, Paul agrees to meet Karl immediately. Before the opening title card appears, the pair convenes in the park. Upon seeing Karl (Tygh Runyan), the first words out of Paul’s mouth are, “You look nothing like me!” Most people would have started running, but Paul decides to befriend his creepy stalker.