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

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$903,148 (USA) (6 November 2009)
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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 »

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Dr. Flintstein: Believe me, when you get rid of your soul everything makes so much more sense. Everything becomes, well, functional, and purposeful.
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References Scarface (1983) See more »

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Pa'llegar a Tu Lado
Written by Lhasa (as Lhasa De Sela), Jean-Marie Massicotte
Performed by Lhasa
Published by Editorial Avenue admin. by Songs of Peer Ltd.
Courtesy of Nettwerk Productions
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Refreshing sci-fi
17 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Cold Souls is an off-beat intelligent, imaginative story that combines elements of sci-fi, drama and mystery. It's hard to describe - Surreal comedy? It doesn't really fit in any specific category. It's funny and sad at the same time.

Paul Giamatti delivers an incredible performance, mastering a broad range of emotions and making his character delightfully amusing and sometimes heartbreaking. The tone reminded me of Kafka, Julio Cortazar and at times Woody Allen and Kaufman. I found myself thinking about it for a long time after I saw it.

"Moon" and "Cold Souls" are refreshing the sci-fi genre this summer. There was something in both films I haven't came across in many other movies recently, a soul maybe... something different for sure.


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