#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Civilization and its discontents. Paul, an actor preparing for “Uncle Vanya” on Broadway, is mired in ennui. His agent tells him about an office where he can put his soul in storage. He does so then discovers that being soulless helps neither his acting nor his marriage; he returns to the office and rents, for two weeks, the soul of a Russian poet. His acting improves, but his wife finds him different, he sees bits of the borrowed soul’s life, and he’s now deep in sorrow. He wants his own soul back, but there are complications: it’s in St. Petersburg. With the help of Nina, a Russian who transports souls to the U.S., he determines to get it back. Who has he become?
Plot: Paul is agonising over his interpretation of ‘Uncle Vanya’ and, paralysed by anxiety, stumbles upon a solution via a New Yorker article about a high-tech company promising to alleviate suffering by extracting souls. He enlists their services—only to discover that his soul is the shape and size of a chickpea.
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Different and interesting.
Despite being easily recognizable, majority of movie-goers can’t put a name to Paul Giamatti’s face. His resume includes familiar films such as Saving Private Ryan, Cinderella Man, Donnie Brasco, The Truman Show, The Negotiator, Man on the Moon, My Best Friend’s Wedding, The Illusionist, Planet of the Apes and this year’s Duplicity. Then there are those lesser known films, that are arguably his best, like Shoot ‘Em Up, Sideways and American Splendor. Cold Souls doesn’t fit on either of those lists; it’s too small to fit the former and not quite good enough to fit the latter.
It’s hard not to keep the focus on Giamatti as here he actually plays himself, or at least a fabricated version of himself, which further adds to his enigmatic persona. The Paul Giamatti we see on screen is detached, withdrawn and filled with hopelessness. He seems to enjoy his obscurity yet yearns for more. How much does the real Giamatti have in common with this man? With a long line of sad sacks on his CV, is this art imitating life or life imitating art? One of the real treats with Cold Souls is you’ll never know.
Writing and directing, Sophie Barthes has crafted a neat little Charlie Kaufman-esquire tale, although it becomes too self-knowing and important in parts. When she dabbles in dark humour it really steps up with the deadpan repartee between Giamatti and the equally ambiguous David Strathairn worth the price of admission alone. However, the subplot involving Russian soul-traffickers is boring and unwelcome. Barthes also deals with the futuristic concept cleverly; in this world it seems completely natural and it is not required to take a massive leap of faith for it to work.
A different and interesting, if not excellent, picture that is an ideal watch on DVD.
3.5 out of 5 (1 – Rubbish, 2 – Ordinary, 3 – Good, 4 – Excellent, 5 – Classic)
Boring and uneven
Cold Souls is a movie that tries hard to be different and edgy… several movies like Being John Malkovich, Stranger than Fiction etc. come to mind. The movie is categorized as a comedy but in that department it falls flat with me. The movie basically revolves around Actor Paul Giamatti playing himself as a depressed man in a crisis. At first his character is really interesting but like the core idea it wears off really quick and at some point in the movie I got annoyed of watching his expressionless face. The concept of getting rid of your soul or buying others souls for different experience is interesting but didn’t grip me. At first there is some humorous element when Giamatti is introduced to the concept of soul-extraction. But jokes like the soul looking like a chickpea or a Jellybean and Giamatti dropping it and searching for it like for a dropped contact lens left me with the feeling that this is supposed to be comedic but doesn’t work at all. I was especially put off by the odd pacing of the movie introducing characters that I barely cared of, especially all those scenes in Russian without subtitles were annoying. There are some interesting visual shots in this movie but it all feels jammed in for artsy interest, so up until the sudden ending (although the movie felt endless) even those parts didn’t work for me. All in all a big disappointment, although I liked Paul Giamattis work and will check out some of his other movies for sure.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 41 min (101 min)
Genre Comedy, Drama
Director Sophie Barthes
Writer Sophie Barthes
Actors Paul Giamatti, Armand Schultz, Michael Tucker, Dina Korzun
Country USA, France
Awards 4 wins & 9 nominations.
Production Company Journeyman Pictures, Touchy Feely Films
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arriflex Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, USA
Film Length 2,765 m (Portugal, 35 mm)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision2 Expression 500T 5229, Fuji Eterna 400T 8583)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (master format), Spherical (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm