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'Paulo Coelho's Best Story' skims surface of author's life

'Paulo Coelho's Best Story' skims surface of author's life

Paulo Coelho's mega-selling novels and memoirs — allegorical, abounding in aphorisms and supplemented by a prolific social-media output — have made him a revered figure for millions of modern-day seekers. The screen version of the Brazilian author's life, a period-hopping attempt to shatter the biopic mold, might resonate for those admirers but isn't likely to draw new members to the Coelho fold. Written by Carolina Kotscho and directed by Daniel Augusto, "Paulo Coelho's Best Story" doesn't put its subject on a pedestal, but neither does it disturb the aura of misunderstood greatness. At the expense of emotional depth, Augusto emphasizes the...

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