Cold Souls

Cold Souls
Cold Souls
  • PG-13
  • 1h 42m
  • 2009
Certified Fresh75%
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Is your soul weighing you down? Paul Giamatti has found a solution! In the surreal comedy 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 hope of retrieving his stolen soul from an ambitious but talentless soap-opera actress. Balancing a tightrope between deadpan humor & pathos, and reality & fantasy, COLD SOULS is a true soul searching comedy. Also starring David Strathairn, Dina Korzun and Emily Watson.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Certified Fresh75%
Critics Consensus: Straddling existential drama and surrealist comedy, Sophie Barthes debut feature is beautifully shot and full of inventive quandaries.
Reviews
Time Out
Ben Kenigsberg
Rotten

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Joshua Rothkopf
Fresh

June 22, 2017
The Age (Australia)
Jake Wilson
Rotten

Cold Souls is imitation Kaufman, written and directed by newcomer Sophie Barthes, who makes no eff...

June 22, 2017
Sydney Morning Herald
Sandra Hall
Fresh

The result is a deliciously deadpan piece of absurdism with some unexpectedly poignant touches.

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Trevor Johnston
Fresh

The credible production design impresses, the camerawork offers an exquisite chill and Giamatti is...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Fanciful tale is fun for grownups; won't appeal to kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this indie comedy about the soul transplant business is imaginative, it probably won't have much appeal for kids or young teens. It's grown-up material, and the humor comes from taking our culture's incessant soul-searching and self-involvement to a new level of absurdity. Expect some swearing (mostly mild, though there's one "what the f--k?") and smoking. There are also two scenes with brief female nudity (models in a drawing class and a poster designed to elicit a humorous response).

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:August 8, 2009
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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