The debut feature from Sophie Barthes, Cold Souls follows the story of Paul Giamatti (played by Paul Giamatti) in a deadpan comedy about personal identity. Stumbling upon an article in The New Yorker about a high-tech company that extracts, deep freezes and stores peoples souls, Paul thinks he just might have found they key to happiness that he had searching for. But complications arise when he is the unfortunate victim of “soul trafficking.” Paul‘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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BY Rebecca Barry Hill Flicks Writer
Paul Giamatti playing Paul Giamatti pondering the usefulness of his soul? If it sounds anything like Being John Malkovich, that’s because Charlie Kaufman’s influence is all over it. First time director/writer Sophie Barthes pulls off a metaphysical black comedy that aims to touch the soul but only makes it, occasionally, to the funny bone. The script is too solemn, the pace too dull. It’s as though Barthes was desperate to balance out the nuttiness of the film’s more light-hearted themes.... More
Giamatti excels as the forlorn actor identifying too closely with his Chekhov character and later as a hollow entity trying out the souls of others. But the team of icy Russians trafficking human souls not only fit all the stereotypes, there are moments you feel you’re meant to be watching a weepy about the plight of exploited drug mules.
The concept of soul storage works on many levels but its absurdity is both a blessing and curse. On one hand it takes the edge off the intellectual pursuit of ‘self’, particularly when Giamatti discovers his soul is a mere chickpea. On the other, you’ve got to hang in there to unveil the film’s many subtle truths, the Descartes references, the parodies of soul-searching such as the actor’s refusal to ‘look inside’ by donning a pair of goggles. Strangely for a comedy, when the actor borrows the souls of others, his persona only gets more melancholy. Then all you’re left with is a cold soul.Hide
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A thinking person's comedy. It has some huge laugh-out-loud crack-up moments. Think of it as a bit of 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind', a bit of 'I heart Huckabees'.
Giamatti is wonderful.
Definitely seeing if you love watching actors do their thing. And if you like Chekov and his play 'Uncle Vanya'.