COLD SOULS Review
I love discovering movies that are not targeted to a mainstream audience, that make you think, that have original stories, and that are fascinating to watch. These are the reasons I love going to film festivals, because you discover movies you would have never seen otherwise.
That’s sort of how I feel about Cold Souls. The movie tells the story of an actor, named Paul Giamatti (played by Paul Giamatti of course), who decides to literally store his soul because he can’t deal with it anymore. This of course leads to some really absurd, but really funny scenes. But that’s not the whole story. Something goes wrong with the storage, which leads Paul to go on a journey both physically and mentally.
Cold Souls is a character study film with a very slow pace, although not in a boring way. It is definitely not going to appeal to everyone one, but I found it to be a breath of fresh air.
Paul Giamatti gives us another incredible performance. His intensity in the face of the absurd is what makes the movie work. The supporting cast also gives the movie substance. I think one of the strongest points and what immerses you in the movie is the fact that apart for Paul Giamatti and Emily Watson, there are no big names in the movie, which I really appreciate.
I gave Cold Souls a 3.5 ratings because although I really enjoyed it, I’m not sure I would watch it again. Plus 3.5 to me is a grade between something I enjoyed and something I loved.
So if you enjoy independent movies and feel like discovering something new, you might want to check out Cold Souls, when it comes out to theaters this Friday, August 7, 2009.
I also direct you to the trailer, which should give you a pretty good idea of the tone and feel of Cold Souls.
You can also watch a clip from the movie below, in which it is the first time Paul Giamatti goes to the soul storage company:
Title: Cold Souls
Director: Sophie Barthes
Cast: Paul Giamatti, David Strathairn, Dina Korzun, Katheryn Winnick, Lauren Ambrose and Emily Watson
Synopsis: 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.”
Release Date: August 7, 2009
Watch the trailer here