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Cold Souls -- Is your soul weighing you down?  Paul Giamatti has found a solution!  In the surreal comedy COLD SOULS, Paul Giamatti plays an actor named... Paul Giamatti.  Stumbling upon an article in The New Yorker about a high-tech company that extracts, deep-freezes and stores people's souls, Paul very well might have found the key to happiness for which he's been searching.  But, complications arise when he is the unfortunate victim of "soul-trafficking."  Giamatti's journey takes him all the way to Russia in hope of retrieving his stolen soul from an ambitious but talentless soap-opera actress.  Balancing a tightrope between deadpan humor & pathos, and reality & fantasy, COLD SOULS is a true soul searching comedy.  Also starring David Strathairn, Dina Korzun and Emily Watson.
Cold Souls -- Paul Giamatti plays an actor named Paul Giamatti. Stumbling upon an article in The New Yorker about a high-tech company that extracts, deep-freezes and stores people’s souls, Paul very well might have found the key to happiness for which he’s been searching.  But, complications arise when he is the unfortunate victim of "soul-trafficking." Giamatti’s journey takes him all the way to Russia in hopes of retrieving his stolen soul from an ambitious but talentless soap-opera actress.
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Writer (WGA):
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A soul searching comedy.
Paul is an actor who feels bogged down by his participation in a production of Chekov's play, Vanya. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Paul Giamatti ... Paul Giamatti

Armand Schultz ... Astrov
Michael Tucker ... Theatre Director

Dina Korzun ... Nina

Ted Koch ... INS Officer

Oksana Lada ... Sasha
Natalia Zvereva ... Blonde Mule
Larisa Bell ... Russian Singer
Anna Dyukova ... Olga (as Anna Dukova)

Charles Techman ... Soul Storage Doorman

Lauren Ambrose ... Stephanie

David Strathairn ... Dr. Flintstein

Laura Heisler ... Female Client in Promo
Brienin Bryant ... Young Woman in Soul Storage
Charlotte Mickie ... Mrs. Rathbone

Rebecca Brooksher ... Yelena
Henry Stram ... Telegin
Herb Foster ... Serebriakov

Boris Kievsky ... Oleg
Sergey Kolesnikov ... Dimitri

Katheryn Winnick ... Sveta
Alex Adamov ... Photographer

Emily Watson ... Claire
Lisa Emery ... Cynthia
Mimi Lieber ... Friend at Restaurant
Yevgeniy Dekhtyar ... Hotel Receptionist
Boris Leskin ... Donor

Gregory Korostishevsky ... Igor

Michael Aronov ... Mafioso
Sasha Luzanov ... Video Store Salesman
Yuliya Yakovleva ... Beautician (as Youlia Yakovleva)
Tatyana Egorova ... Factory Supervisor (as Tatyana Eyorova)
Svetlana Kireeva ... Landlord
David Spearman ... Young Soldier

Michael Stuhlbarg ... Hedge Fund Consultant
Tom Stearns ... Man Extracting Neurons
Seth Austin ... Androgynous Person
Max McGuire ... Androgynous Person
Edward Thomas ... Androgynous Person
Joseph Scott ... Old Man

Stella Stark ... Paul's Mother
David Maynes ... Young Paul
Dominique De Bourgknecht ... Pregnant Mother
Adrian Lallemand ... Baby Paul
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph Basile ... Military Cadet (uncredited)

Marie-Pierre Beausejour ... Sonya (uncredited)

Kevin Cannon ... Angry Protestor (uncredited)
Tyler Cook ... Lover, Dream Sequence (uncredited)

Erin Cronican ... Assistant to Director (uncredited)

Fabrizia Dal Farra ... Ballerina (uncredited)

Alexandra Donhoeffner ... Ballerina (uncredited)

Elli ... Russian Airline Passenger (uncredited)

John Farrer ... Dream Sequence Violinist (uncredited)

Gabriel Furman ... Russian Soap Doctor (uncredited)

Polina Gorman ... Sophisticated Prostitute (uncredited)
Jeannette Gould ... Marya in Uncle Vanya (uncredited)
Stanley Krajewski ... Factory Worker (uncredited)
Bobby Lundon ... Sleeping Student (uncredited)
Abe Mendel ... Locker Room Man (uncredited)
Anna Orisik ... Society Lioness (uncredited)
Wendy Rich Stetson ... Soul Storage Mother (uncredited)

Directed by
Sophie Barthes 
Writing credits
Sophie Barthes (written by)

Produced by
Daniel Carey .... producer (as Dan Carey)
Elizabeth Giamatti .... producer
John Hynansky .... executive producer
Alexandre Mallet-Guy .... co-producer
D.J. Martin .... executive producer
Paul Mezey .... producer
Andrij Parekh .... producer
James Shifren .... executive producer
Natalya Smirnova .... line producer: Russia (as Natasha Smirnova)
Jeremy Kipp Walker .... producer
Original Music by
Dickon Hinchliffe 
Cinematography by
Andrij Parekh 
Film Editing by
Andrew Mondshein 
Casting by
Daniel Swee 
Production Design by
Beth Mickle 
Art Direction by
Michael Ahern 
Set Decoration by
Ipek Celik 
Costume Design by
Erin Benach 
Makeup Department
Lisa DelleChiaie .... key hair stylist
Tamara Freed .... hair stylist: Russia
Tamara Freed .... makeup artist: Russia
David Kalahiki .... key makeup artist
Johnny Mooi .... additional hair stylist
Rondi Scott .... additional makeup artist
Yelena Vasilyeva .... assistant hair stylist: Russia (as Elena Vasiljeva)
Yelena Vasilyeva .... assistant makeup artist: Russia (as Elena Vasiljeva)
Joanna L. Wong .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Louise Lovegrove .... unit production manager
Maxim Volodin .... production manager: Saint-Petersburg
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Inna Braude .... second assistant director: St. Petersburg
Inna Braude .... second second assistant director
Mariela Comitini .... first assistant director
Sarah Gottlieb .... second assistant director
Kira Sinelshikova .... first assistant director
Art Department
Matthew Amenta .... assistant property master
Richard Bailey .... set dresser
Jeremy L. Balon .... property master
Jared Bumgarner .... leadman
Tessa Faulkner .... art production assistant
Gina Freedman .... on-set dresser
Brian Goodwin .... carpenter
Rachel Jones .... art department coordinator
Calen Kennett .... soul extractor crew
Daniel R. Kersting .... assistant set dresser
Dan-ah Kim .... assistant set decorator
Eric Lahey .... soul extractor
David Lahey-Murphy .... soul extractor crew
David A. Loitz .... soul extractor crew
Andy Paiko .... soul extractor crew
August Popkin .... carpenter
Sarah Shriber .... property intern
Becky Slane .... scenic painter
Jonathan Sunderman .... property assistant
John Vogt .... carpenter
Sound Department
Rachel Chancey .... foley supervisor
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer
Robert Fernandez .... sound re-recording mixer
Gisburg .... music editor
Dave Paterson .... sound re-recording mixer
Dave Paterson .... supervising sound editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Mary Ellen Porto .... dialog & adr editor
Waldo Valenzuela .... sound re-recording mixer
Damian Volpe .... sound effects editor
Paul Yurt .... systems engineer
Visual Effects by
Morgan Miller .... digital retouching
Jesse Morrow .... fire artist
Jesse Morrow .... visual effects artist
Joseph Ryals .... digital film scanning and recording
Daniel Silverman .... digital film scanning and recording
Kevin Vale .... digital film scanning and recording
Camera and Electrical Department
Josh M. Allen .... electrician
Adam B. Bell .... still photographer
Carter Bissell .... best boy electric
David Dutkus .... grip
Ron Egozi .... camera operator
Alexander Engel .... rigging gaffer
Brian Harnick .... additional grip
Kate Larose .... first assistant camera
Frank Love .... second assistant camera
Mike 'Electric' Mervilde Jr. .... key grip
Smokey Nelson .... additional photographer
Smokey Nelson .... gaffer
Rome Petersson .... swing
Aaron Randall .... best boy grip
Stavros Toumanidis .... loader
Christopher Vidaic .... grip
Casting Department
Alena Garetovskaya .... casting director: Russia
Meredith Jacobson .... extras casting
Zoe E. Rotter .... casting associate
Adam Vincentz .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tamara Cepeda .... wardrobe production assistant
Caroline Flach .... seamstress
Stephani Lewis .... assistant costume designer
Emma Potter .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Victoria Anderson .... colorist assistant
Andrew Blackwell .... associate editor
Dana Bloder .... digital intermediate producer
Jessica Elvin .... on-line editor
Charles Herzfeld .... post facility supervisor
Barbara Jean Kearney .... digital intermediate executive producer
Jesse Morrow .... smoke editor
Crystal Pei .... colorist: dailies
Richie Roefaro .... colorist assistant
Tim Stipan .... digital intermediate colorist
Michael P. Whipple .... digital intermediate engineer
Paul Zucker .... additional editor
Music Department
Ali Friend .... musician: double bass
Dickon Hinchliffe .... orchestrator
Al Macaulay .... musician: drums
Tracy McKnight .... music supervisor
Colby Trane .... music coordinator
Sarah Wilson .... musician: cello
Other crew
Rebecca Bernard .... production assistant
Jeffrey A. Brown .... location manager
Vince Brown .... set production assistant
Alison Cohen .... production counsel (as Alison S. Cohen)
Olenka Denysenko .... script supervisor
Kristyn DiPane .... production coordinator: Technicolor
Patrick Eaton .... production assistant
Evan Engel .... production assistant
Sandi Greenberg .... production assistant
Eli Gurevich .... production accountant
William Jackson .... production assistant
Olga Kashirina .... production coordinator: St.-Petersburg
Michael Kulak .... production coordinator
Jeffrey Longo .... assistant to producers
Anthony Lote .... production assistant
Gabriella Ludlow .... production legal
Jon Ryan McMahon .... office intern
Christie Moreau .... adr loop group
Rob Pellecchia .... production counsel
Dmitry Pervushin .... set translator
Dave Saltzman .... production coordinator
Luke Tomalin Sherman .... key production assistant
Matthew H. Wiesner .... assistant location manager
Imran Yusufzai .... accounting clerk
Imran Yusufzai .... second assistant accountant
Jonathan Bell .... acknowledgment
Kelly Diaz .... original artwork provided by
Craig Kestel .... special thanks
Chase Palmer .... very special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for nudity and brief strong language
101 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:PG (British Columbia/Ontario) | Ireland:12A | Netherlands:9 | New Zealand:M | Portugal:M/12 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #44960)

Did You Know?

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 »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: 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 »
Dr. Flintstein:Believe me, when you get rid of your soul everything makes so much more sense. Everything becomes, well, functional, and purposeful.See more »
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38 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Paul Giamatti awesome performance!, 15 August 2009
Author: daniela-atwood from United States

Cold Souls By Edward Havens

The easiest, and laziest, way to describe the new movie "Cold Souls" is to compare it to "Being John Malkovich." Yes, both feature a well-respected film actor playing a character named and slightly modeled after them, and find "themselves" in fantastical situations. The only other way they could be logically compared: They're both delightful and dexterously hilarious.

"Cold Souls" has a simple enough concept. Paul Giamatti (brilliantly played by Paul Giamatti) is an actor in New York City currently in rehearsals for a Broadway production of Anton Chekov's "Uncle Vayna." But with all the pressures of being famous and trying to decide which film project to choose next, Paul is having some trouble connecting to the role, and he believes he might have found his answer when he reads an article in the New Yorker magazine about an experimental process that claims to be able to remove someone's soul. Paul visits the clinic out on Roosevelt Island (an apparently soulless plot of land between Manhattan and Brooklyn, for those unfamiliar with the city's landscape, that was also used as the location of Jennifer Connelly's haunted apartment in the movie "Dark Water" a few years back) and after being assured of the validity of the clinic's claims by its founder and operator Dr. Flintstein (David Strathairn), signs up.

At first, Paul does experience a very mild sense of relief to be divested of most of his soul. (It is explained that, after the extraction process, a small amount of residual soul remains.) His sex life with his wife (Emily Watson), and his coworkers on the stage do notice a slight but immediate different with their star, but Paul is still less than satisfied. Luckily for him, the clinic does also offer the ability to borrow some souls on hold, and even luckier, there happens to be what he is told is the soul of a Russian poet at the facility.

But, alas, it goes both ways. A side plot features Nina (Dina Korzun), a Russian woman whose job is to smuggle souls between New York and St. Petersberg. Her boss's young trophy wife wants to be an actress, and he commands Nina to get the soul of one of the actors on his wife's list, which includes several A-list, Oscar-winning actors. When Nina gets to the clinic in New York, however, she discovers there is only one actor with a soul in storage. Paul Giamatti, who is not on the list. No matter. She loads Paul's soul into herself and takes it back to Russia, telling her boss and his wife it's the soul of one of the actors on her list.

Paul, in the meantime, is starting to have some strange reactions to his new soul. He starts having bizarre visions of places he's never been to and people he's never met. It isn't until he visits Dr. Flintstein to get this soul removed and get his put back in that the theft of his soul is discovered, spinning the narrative into an unexpected but still poignant direction, as he uncovers what is happening in Russia and teaming with Nina to get his soul back.

When a film stars the likes of Paul Giamatti, Emily Watson and David Straithairn, there is little chance it would somehow be a lesser effort, even with a first-time feature director. Sophie Barthes, however, has a lot more heart and... well, soul, than the average tyro filmmaker. Barthes, who also wrote the film, says she was inspired after dreaming of Woody Allen discovering he has the soul of a chickpea. It's a cute idea, and one that could have been an utter failure in the hands of a less mature artist. Thankfully, Barthes doesn't appear to be interested in paying homages or outright ripping off anything another film or filmmaker she enjoyed in the past. Barthes seems content to just entertain by making you laugh, and in this regard, she exceeds remarkably well.

Much of that success comes from having a fearless performer like Paul Giamatti willingly allowing himself to be human. The movie's Paul Giamatti is not that likable a guy on a number of occasions (not unlike Harvey Pekar from "American Splendor" or Miles Raymond from "Sideways"), and it is the rare performer who will take that chance with an audience when the vast majority of the film is riding on his shoulders. Giamatti and Barthes effortlessly guide the movie from pathos to mirth and from eccentric character comedy piece to an international hunt for the essence of what makes us human. It's also wonderful to see David Straithairn do comedy again, a genre he rarely visits and one he should return to time and time again.

Best of all, "Cold Souls" is that rare type of movie that will make you laugh at many different levels, and will make you laugh as you think about it after the movie has ended. There are several wonderfully subtle jabs about celebrity and humanity buried deep in the text, ones that (at least by this writer) will be left to the viewer to discover and reflect upon themselves.

My rating: A-

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