Helm’s ‘Fiction’ Is Strangely Poignant and Funny

It’s difficult to think of another recent film as elegant, touching and literate as last year’s ‘Stranger Than Fiction,’ which was shown by the Film and Video Center on April 12 in the Lucille Keuhn Auditorium. This disarmingly earnest comedy from director Marc Forster (‘Finding Neverland’) and penned by screenwriter Zach Helm, is the sort of film that, even though it may not become a classic, inevitably will be remembered long after its theatrical release for being so delightful and poignant that it will be watched by many for years to come.
The story, we are told in the opening moments, is about a man named Harold Crick (Will Ferrell) and his wristwatch. Crick is a solitary, well-mannered Internal Revenue Service agent who lives his entire humdrum life by the numbers