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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.

Director:

Sophie Barthes

Writer:

Sophie Barthes
4 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Larisa Bell ... Russian Singer
Anna Dyukova 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 Brienin Bryant ... Young Woman in Soul Storage
Charlotte Mickie Charlotte Mickie ... Mrs. Rathbone
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

A soul searching comedy.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The movie opens with an onscreen quote that says: "The soul has its principal seat in the small gland located in the middle of the brain." -René Descartes, The Passions of the Soul, 1649. See more »

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?
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Petchal
Written by Viktor Tsoy (as Viktor Tsoi)
Performed by Kino
Courtesy of Moroz Records
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Chickpea Chekov
7 September 2009 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. I really enjoyed the originality of the basic story here, but originality is not sufficient .. this one needed some script doctoring prior to filming.

Paul Giamatti delivers another fine, hangdog, long-suffering turn as, well, Paul Giamatti. Exasperated with his general outlook on life, he does some research into the company who removes the soul from those like him. David Strathairn is the doctor at the soul removal clinic and he plays the knowledgeable, caring professional to perfection.

At different times, this one will remind of Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of Spotless Mind, and Total Recall, it never really delivers the depth or entertainment value of any of these. It's almost as if first time feature director Sophie Barthes has so many ideas that it became more important to include them all, rather than refine the best.

As for sci-fi, this one is worth seeing, but ranks behind Moon as this year's best in the genre.


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USA | France

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

5 May 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Cold Souls See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,302, 9 August 2009

Gross USA:

$905,209

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,134,837
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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