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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Sophie Barthes
Sophie Barthes
Paul Giamatti
David Strathairn
Emily Watson
Dina Korzun
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Running Time
101 minutes

Cold Souls
Paul Giamatti seeks a bearable lightness of being


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Cold Souls

Plot
Struggling to get through rehearsals of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, actor Paul Giamatti (er, Paul Giamatti) worries about the weight the role is playing on his life and soul. He finds the answer in a New Yorker article — a service that lets you have your soul taken and stored to lighten the load.


Verdict
Anchored by a great Giamatti performance, Cold Souls is built around a terrific idea and has serious fun with it. It also marks Barthes as a filmmaker to watch.


Reviewed by Ian Freer

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