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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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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Sophie Barthes (written by)
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Release Date:
13 November 2009 (Ireland) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A soul searching comedy.
Plot:
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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Awards:
2 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Dark yet delightful. See more (56 total) »

Cast

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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
Sergei Kolesnikov ... Dimitri (as Sergey Kolesnikov)

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:

Flo Ankah ... Ballerina (uncredited)
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)
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Directed by
Sophie Barthes 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
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
 
Thanks
Jonathan Bell .... acknowledgment
Kelly Diaz .... original artwork provided by
Craig Kestel .... special thanks
Chase Palmer .... very special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for nudity and brief strong language
Runtime:
101 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
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?

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 »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Giamatti - Paul:Are you telling me, my soul is a chick pea?See more »
Movie Connections:
References Scarface (1983)See more »
Soundtrack:
La Marée HauteSee more »

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50 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
Dark yet delightful., 29 March 2009
Author: nonsequitur247 from United States

I saw this film today as part of FSLC and MoMA's New Directors / New Films Festival. The screening was followed by a Q&A with writer/director Sophie Barthes, who openly admitted to being annoyed by comparisons between her film and Charlie Kaufman's works. Though not entirely similar, the surrealist feel of 'Souls' is bound to draw those comparisons, and even if Barthes is sick of hearing it, I have to say, I imagine that if Kaufman and Anton Chekhov decided they should write a movie together and Michel Gondry agreed to direct Paul Giamatti in it, this would be the result.

The film focuses on Giamatti, who plays a version of himself preparing to star in Chekhov's 'Uncle Vanya' on Broadway. He finds himself tormented by the Russian material, even though it's one of Chekhov's "lighter" plays. In search of relief, he undergoes a procedure in what looks like a modded MRI machine at the hand of Dr. Flintstein (David Strathairn) which removes his chickpea-like soul from his body and freezes it temporarily until he is ready to possess it again. The B story follows a willowy Russian named Nina (Dina Korzun) who transports anonymously donated Russian souls to America using her own body as the vessel. At one point, she takes Giamatti's soul to Russia, where her boss's soap-actress wife is in need of talent and inspiration, and of course, trouble ensues.

Despite the heavy subject matter, an abundance of absurdity and wit make 'Cold Souls' amusing as well as thought-provoking. Though the tone is dark, it is not suffocatingly so--Barthes pokes fun at existential torment while seriously grappling with it at the same time. Giamatti is great as the "actor much like himself" and Strathairn and Korzun provide excellent support. The camera drifts in and out of focus in a beautiful manner throughout the film, and the French music suits the mood. The writing is solid, though the pacing is a little uneven--the film begins and wraps up a little too quickly--and the three years of hard work that Barthes poured into this clearly show.

Barthes said that she based the screenplay on a dream she had, and that while she admires Kaufman, she was more heavily influenced by Woody Allen and French Surrealists like Luis Buneal. She has infused this dark Surrealism with whimsy and absurdism to create something entirely her own, and the result prompts both pleasure and discomfort. 'Cold Souls' is definitely worth watching--I hope it's distributed as widely as it deserves to be--and Barthes is definitely a writer and director I'd watch in the future.

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