Paper Champions (2020) MIFF Review

Rey (Luke Saliba) is living a pretty safe life; he has a safe job, sticks to a strict routine and gets along. He’s not really unhappy, but it’s clear he’s stuck in a rut. Then he meets Holly (Tessa de Josselin) and leans on friends and family to break free and find joy.

There’s a lot to love in this film. It’s got the good, slightly nuts humour of many low budget Aussie films (reminds me vaguely of things like Muriel’s Wedding and Strictly Ballroom, though how much of that is the suburban Aussie setting as much as content or style I’m not sure), performances are great, seeing Geelong onscreen was awesome. I felt like it just needed something a bit more script-wise to take it from a charming romp to a knock-me-over romantic comedy.

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