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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:
Existential Science-Fiction 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
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
(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:
Dr. Flintstein: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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Movie Connections:
References Scarface (1983)See more »
Soundtrack:
Cheesy GrinSee more »

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24 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Existential Science-Fiction, 20 August 2009
Author: (filmlover16) from United States

Cold Souls: Existential Science-Fiction by PAUL CONSTANT

If you're only reading the synopsis, it's easy to see why so many lazy critics have compared Cold Souls to Being John Malkovich: Paul Giamatti stars as an actor named Paul Giamatti, whose soul is tormented by the kind of showy existential angst that commonly strikes actors, so he visits a laboratory that he reads about in the New Yorker that specializes in the removal and storage of souls. There's enough postmodern science-fiction weirdness in that premise to superficially resemble Malkovich, but Souls is more rooted in the surrealism and social commentary of Gogol. (When the film came to SIFF in June, director Sophie Barthes remarked that the title was intended to echo Dead Souls.)

Barthes is a startlingly assured first-time director: The production values are impeccable (the soul-removal facility is all gorgeous minimalism, smooth white and glass), and she coaxes better-than-average performances out of even dependably intelligent actors like Giamatti and David Strathairn. As a soulless Giamatti hilariously tries in vain to act in a Broadway production of Uncle Vanya, he comes to understand what he has given up and then decides to pursue his missing soul to Russia. You get the sense that these locations and these concepts have never been put to film before in quite such a playfully considerate way.

It's a real pleasure to see thoughtful, satirical low-budget science fiction in an American film, especially one with such a European sensibility. This is a very literary film and a very Russian film. And, yes, if you're worried, the fact that it is literary and Russian means that it is a slow movie. But it's the very best kind of slow movie, lingering unselfconsciously on the idea of what it means to have a soul. You don't often get to see movies tackle these kinds of Big Questions with such skill and aplomb; it's undeniably refreshing.

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