In “Cold Souls,” Paul Giamatti plays a fictionalized version of himself as an actor struggling to distance himself from the characters he plays in film and on stage. Giamatti is particularly hamstrung by his character in a production of “Uncle Vanya” and is desperately trying to find a way to perform the part without his emotions getting in the way. He see an advertisement for a service called “Soul Storage,” which offers to house his soul for a while. Giamatti is intrigued by the offer, and opts to sign up for the service. With his soul extracted, Giamatti learns that life without passion or emotional intelligence is not what he envisioned, setting up a chain of mishaps that has the actor desperately trying to recover what has been lost. The strong premise of “Cold Souls” seems to be rife with possibility, but the film ultimately chooses to muddle the story with an odd mix of comedy and thriller. The tone is never truly defined in the film, NY directv, which makes it difficult to fully resonate. Intentional or not, Giamatti’s problem in “Cold Souls” seems to be the film’s problem: it can not fully connect emotionally. Despite Giamatti’s best efforts, “Cold Souls” is not much more than a clever idea that needs more time to develop.
Paul Giamatti appears to have a pretty easy task in the movie “Cold Souls.” He gets to play himself. However, this award-winning actor has a much bigger job on his hands than viewers may realize. He has to somehow make the science fiction behind the film seem believable.
The plot of the film is complex, with Giamatti willing to give up his soul to play a part as accurately as possible. The actor feels that his emotions are getting in the way of telling the story, and wants to eliminate them so he can focus on his craft. Read the rest of this entry »
Cold Souls is the story of Paul, an actor who struggles to maintain his personality after he completes a role. This causes a multitude of problems in Paul’s life, especially his inability to cope with his feelings in a way that is true to himself. At this point he hears of a procedure that will remove a portion of his soul and store it until he straightens out some of the wrinkles he feels in his personal life.
Paul is at first unsure about the procedure, but after careful consideration he decides to go ahead and have the procedure. There are a number of different ways a soul can look; he is so unhappy with the way his appears as it leaves his body that he decides to store all but five percent, so his brain will be better equipped to handle the stresses that his acting career places on his identity crisis.
Paul soon realizes that having a diminished soul is not as good for him as he thought it would be. Because his ability for compassion has been diminished, he often says cold and callous things to people in time of need. His relationship with his wife becomes strained when he realizes that he no longer feels passion for her, and his acting suffers due the fact that he can no longer feel what he needs to feel in order to play the roles convincingly.
At this point Paul decides to retrieve his soul from storage only to find out that it has been sold by an unscrupulous soul merchant. He eventually settles for the soul of a Russian poet which allows him to once again become passionate about the things important in his life. This regained sense of feeling convinces him to look for the woman whose soul he is using, while also looking to regain his.
Paul discovers that the poet whose soul he has been using has passed away after not getting her own soul delivered back to her in time. He finally makes the realization that the soul is the most important part of a human, and vows to use his experiences positively in the future.
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Director Sophie Barthes has received an extensive amount of praise from her peers for the film “Cold Souls,” as the film earned a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. This goes along with nominations at the Catalonian International Film Festival and the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival.
Bathes and Giamatti followed up that success at Sundance with wins for Best Screenplay and Best Actor at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2009. The film completed its stellar year with three nominations at the Independent Spirit Read the rest of this entry »
The 2009 comedy-drama Cold Souls is about an actor on an unusual journey. Paul Giamatti plays a re-imagined version of himself, an anxious actor named Paul who has trouble disassociating himself from the characters he plays. When he becomes overwhelmed with his life, Paul makes the unusual decision to hire a company called “Soul Storage” to deep freeze his soul. Eventually, the actor discovers the company is involved in a soul trafficking scheme and begins a journey to find and recover his lost soul.
Celebrated character actor Paul Giamatti plays a skewed version of himself in the 2009 Sophie Barthes dramedy “Cold Souls.” The film, which was inspired by a futuristic dream Barthes had, posits a world in which souls can be medically extracted and put into deep freeze. This is the process that the fictionalized version of Giamatti portrays.
Paul undergoes the procedure in the first place because he has become confused and distraught about who he actually is as a result of playing so many radically different characters. After returning to his life with just a Read the rest of this entry »
In the movie “Cold Souls,” Paul Giamatti seems to have a pretty easy assignment — play himself. However, this veteran actor, star of such films as “American Splendor” and “Sideways,” has a much more difficult task than it first appears, as he must also play a fictionalized version of himself without a soul.
This is no easy task for Giamatti, as he is an actor who has displayed so much passion and life in previous roles who must now drain every last ounce of emotion out of his Read the rest of this entry »
In “Cold Souls,” Paul Giamatti plays a fictionalized version of himself as an actor struggling to distance himself from the characters he plays in film and on stage.
Giamatti is particularly hamstrung by his character in a production of “Uncle Vanya” and is desperately trying to find a way to perform the part without his emotions getting in the way.
He see an advertisement for a service called “Soul Storage,” which offers to house his soul for a while. Giamatti is intrigued by the offer, and opts to sign up for the service.
With his Read the rest of this entry »