Cold Souls

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Original title Cold Souls
Category Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction
UK Release Date
Production year 2009
Production Country
Directors Sophie Barthes
Cast Paul Giamatti, Emily Watson, Dina Korzun, David Strathairn, Katheryn Winnick, Lauren Ambrose, Michael Stuhlbarg
Distributor The Works Film Group

Synopsis

In response to shiny, bigger, better American consumerism comes COLD SOULS, a surreal comedy in which souls can be extracted and traded as commodities. Balancing on a tightrope between deadpan humour and pathos, and reality and fantasy, the film presents Paul Giamatti as himself, agonizing over his interpretation of Uncle Vanya. Paralyzed by anxiety, he stumbles upon a solution via a New Yorker article about a high-tech company promising to alleviate suffering by extracting souls. Giamatti enlists their service - only to discover that his soul is the shape and size of a chickpea. His intention is to reinstate it once he survives the performance but complications ensue when a mysterious, soul-trafficking “mule” borrows Giamatti's stored soul for an ambitious, but unfortunately talentless, Russian soap-opera actress.