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Cold Souls

  • Comedy
  • Fantasy
  • 2008
  • Sophie Barthes
  • 101 mins
  • 12A

Summary

A neurotic actor tries to cure his anxiety by undergoing a process where his soul is removed and placed in storage. While this leaves him with no fear or doubt, it also costs him his acting talent, so he tries to get the soul back, only to find it has been stolen and sold on the black market. Comic fantasy, with Paul Giamatti, David Strathairn and Emily Watson

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Though it initially promises to follow the lead of Spike Jonze's dark and zany 1999 comedy Being John Malkovich by casting Sideways star Paul Giamatti as himself in far-from-real circumstances, this clever, surreal comedy is closer to the more whimsical work of a young Woody Allen. Working on an off-Broadway production of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, Giamatti finds his neuroses getting in the way of his performance, so he arranges for his soul to be removed and kept in storage. Now literally soulless, the actor finds his work suffering even more, so first applies for a transplant and finally asks for the return of his own. His soul, however, has gone missing, which is where this witty and engaging film becomes needlessly complicated, adding a subplot about Russian soul-trafficking that, as intriguing as it sounds, rather muddies what had previously been a very clean and wonderfully simple idea.

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Credits

Cast

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Paul GiamattiPaul Giamatti
Dr FlintsteinDavid Strathairn
NinaDina Korzun
SvetaKatheryn Winnick
StephanieLauren Ambrose
ClaireEmily Watson
DimitriSergey Kolesnikov
Theatre directorMichael Tucker

Crew

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DirectorSophie Barthes

Details

Theatrical distributor
The Works
Released on
2009-11-13
Languages
English | Russian
Formats
Colour
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