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Cold Souls (2009)

PG-13 | | 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Theatre Director
INS Officer
Blonde Mule
Larisa Bell ...
Russian Singer
Anna Dyukova ...
Olga (as Anna Dukova)
Soul Storage Doorman
Female Client in Promo
Brienin Bryant ...
Young Woman in Soul Storage
Charlotte Mickie ...
Mrs. Rathbone


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A soul searching comedy.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

5 May 2010 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Alma Perdida  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,302, 9 August 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$903,148, 8 November 2009
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Paul plays himself and was also in "Congress" where Robin Wright plays herself. Obviously both movies had something to do with acting. See more »


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 »


Giamatti - Paul: [Reading from yellow pages] Mini Storage, Pet Storage, Private Storage, Self Storage... Soul Storage.
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References Scarface (1983) See more »


Written by A. Obukhov, A. Budishchev (traditional)
Performed by Larisa Bell
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Boring and uneven
26 January 2010 | by 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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