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Cold Souls (2009)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  5 May 2010 (France)
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Paul is an actor who feels bogged down by his participation in a production of Chekov's play, Vanya.

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Paul Giamatti
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Astrov
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Nina
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INS Officer
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Sasha
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Blonde Mule
Larisa Bell ...
Russian Singer
Anna Dyukova ...
Olga (as Anna Dukova)
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Dr. Flintstein
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Female Client in Promo
Brienin Bryant ...
Young Woman in Soul Storage
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Civilization and its discontents. Paul, an actor preparing for "Uncle Vanya" on Broadway, is mired in ennui. His agent tells him about an office where he can put his soul in storage. He does so then discovers that being soulless helps neither his acting nor his marriage; he returns to the office and rents, for two weeks, the soul of a Russian poet. His acting improves, but his wife finds him different, he sees bits of the borrowed soul's life, and he's now deep in sorrow. He wants his own soul back, but there are complications: it's in St. Petersburg. With the help of Nina, a Russian who transports souls to the U.S., he determines to get it back. Who has he become? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A soul searching comedy.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for nudity and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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5 May 2010 (France)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$63,302 (USA) (7 August 2009)

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$903,148 (USA) (6 November 2009)
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Trivia

The film was inspired by a dream Sophie Barthes had in which Woody Allen discovers that his soul looks just like a chickpea. Barthes wrote the first draft with Allen in mind for the lead role. See more »

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Dmitri tells the actress not to worry that Paul's soul looks like and is the size of a chickpea, telling her that Al Pacino won three Oscars. Al Pacino has actually only won one Oscar (Best Actor in 1992, Scent of a Woman). See more »

Quotes

Dr. Flintstein: Now, your soul will be be stored here, or, if you'd rather avoid sales tax, it can be shipped to our New Jersey warehouse.
Giamatti - Paul: Un, no. God, no. I don't want my soul shipped to New Jersey. No.
Dr. Flintstein: I understand.
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References Scarface (1983) See more »

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All Right by Me
Written by Daniel May
Performed by The Daniel May Quartet
Published by Revision West
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/Mastersource
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Boring and uneven
26 January 2010 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Cold Souls is a movie that tries hard to be different and edgy... several movies like Being John Malkovich, Stranger than Fiction etc. come to mind. The movie is categorized as a comedy but in that department it falls flat with me. The movie basically revolves around Actor Paul Giamatti playing himself as a depressed man in a crisis. At first his character is really interesting but like the core idea it wears off really quick and at some point in the movie I got annoyed of watching his expressionless face. The concept of getting rid of your soul or buying others souls for different experience is interesting but didn't grip me. At first there is some humorous element when Giamatti is introduced to the concept of soul-extraction. But jokes like the soul looking like a chickpea or a Jellybean and Giamatti dropping it and searching for it like for a dropped contact lens left me with the feeling that this is supposed to be comedic but doesn't work at all. I was especially put off by the odd pacing of the movie introducing characters that I barely cared of, especially all those scenes in Russian without subtitles were annoying. There are some interesting visual shots in this movie but it all feels jammed in for artsy interest, so up until the sudden ending (although the movie felt endless) even those parts didn't work for me. All in all a big disappointment, although I liked Paul Giamattis work and will check out some of his other movies for sure.


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