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
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 »
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 »
Well, when you have a tumour, you get rid of it. A twisted soul is like a tumour. It's better to get rid of it.
Giamatti - Paul:
I don't think that my soul is twisted. Doctor.
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I loved this movie, and you will too. Here's why....
Often, attempts at satire or surrealism fall flat. The jokes are silly, or the situations not credible. But when they do work, they provide those unique gems of an experience that are hard to forget Such is the case for Cold Souls. Sophie Barthes did a magnificent job of making a surrealistic story credible, with serious characters, and involving emotions. Her camera work and lensing are impeccable, and the performance by Paul Giamati is so sincere and moving that it raises the movie. Sophie takes us through a world where one can have their soul removed, then shows us the consequences. And she does so in such a way as to keep the entire situation credible. This makes for a unique film experience, which is so refreshing.
The humor is amazing. Paul is such a terrific actor, he plays his satire with utter credibility, and in a profoundly moving way. That he is able to pull such credibility out of such situations is a testament to his acting ability. After seeing this, I now regard him as one of our best actors, period.
Everyone in the theater was laughing out loud at the cleaver humor and odd situations. If you're looking for wonderful, thought provoking entertainment, above the masses, I thoroughly recommend this movie.
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