“A Story In Paris” is a film showcasing a haunting exploration of severe delusional disorder and the psychological effects of stalking. It’s a chilling reminder of the dangers that lurk beneath the surface of seemingly normal lives.
Production title: “A Story In Paris”
Writer/Director/Producer: Hugo Lunny
Format: Feature film
Synopsis: Thomas Girard is a Parisian stalker suffering from severe delusional disorder. Armed with nothing more than his phone, Thomas obsessively but discreetly snaps photos of his targets believing he’s able to trap and take their souls.
We witness the disturbing effects of Thomas’s actions on his victims. Once-confident, carefree women become increasingly paranoid, anxious, and fearful, constantly looking over their shoulders, struggling to go about their daily lives.
As Girard’s behavior becomes more extreme, his victims begin to band together in an effort to put a stop to his actions. They work with the police to gather evidence hoping to bring Girard to justice.
The damage done to his victims’ psychological well-being proves to be long-lasting as they struggle to move on from the trauma.
Logline: An introvert’s obsession with stalking and discreetly photographing unsuspecting victims leads to a terrifying psychological game.
Tagline: His camera is his weapon, and their images his prey.
Monsieur Girard lives in Saint-Lazare, a neighborhood in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. Saint-Lazare, has a rich history as the site of a hospital dedicated to Saint Lazarus, the patron saint of lepers. Over time, the hospital was transformed into a luxurious hotel and shopping center. In contrast, the Parisian catacombs, located in the 14th arrondissement, were used as a mass burial site during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, several kilometers south of Saint-Lazare.
Despite their geographical distance, Saint-Lazare and the catacombs share a historical connection. When the Saint-Innocents parish cemetery became overcrowded and posed health concerns to the local population, millions of Parisians’ remains were moved to the abandoned quarries beneath the city, which became the catacombs. Bones from the Saint-Lazare cemetery were also transferred to the catacombs during this process. The hospital was even used as a temporary storage site for bones before they were taken to the catacombs. Today, visitors to the catacombs can observe inscriptions on the walls indicating the origins of the bones, including those from Saint-Lazare.
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