Sunday, May 2, 2010

Cold Souls (2009)

Director: Sophie Barthes. Cast: Paul Giamatti, David Strathairn, Emily Watson. 101 min. Rated PG-13. USA/France. Sci-fi/Comedy.

I could have sworn this was written by Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Synecdoche, New York); the satire of a "soul-trading" business running between New York's Roosevelt Island and Russia (for unhappy souls, literally), could only be the brainchild of someone like Kaufman. A gloomy Paul Giamatti, playing Paul Giamatti the actor, requests his soul to be replaced by a happier-appearing poet's soul, but whose own soul is stolen and ends up in Russia. Intrigued? Check out this cerebral film if you want to experience the consequences of running soul-less.

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