Cold Souls
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Writer/director Sophie Barthes crafts this metaphysical tragicomedy, which straddles the line between reality and fantasy, set in a world where souls are extracted from humans and traded as commodites. Paul Giamatti is an anxious New Yorker who finds the answer to his deep-rooted malaise after stumbling upon an article about a high-tech company that claims to have found a solution to human suffering. By deep-freezing souls, claims the company, they can give their customers a life free from fear, doubt, and worry. Eager to free himself from the emotional burden of angst, Giamatti eagerly… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The credible production design impresses, the camerawork offers an exquisite chill and Giamatti is in his pomp."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Giamatti stammers and futzes and self-loathes with the best of 'em, and his endearing persona and droopy-dog face can move the film along even when the narrative can't."
‑ Justin Berton, Houston Chronicle
"Eccentric without ever becoming unduly whimsical, Sophie Barthes' surrealism-lite "Cold Souls" (which she tenders a co-film-by with Andrij Parekh) pirouettes within the same school as Charlie Kaufman's dance floor."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"Barthes' execution is flat, philosophically empty and mostly boring. But you can't call it soulless (no, not even when it's a zinger of a pun to finish the review with)."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Sophie Barthes' debut feature is a surreal blend of witty comedy and reflective %u2014 please excuse the expression %u2014 soul searching."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"It's comical, yes, but glum and brooding, too, a wintry waltz through acting, underground commerce and metaphysics."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Peppered with ingenious twists of imagination, Cold Souls walks a tightrope between intellectual slapstick and edgy social commentary."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"By the time Barthes' screenplay descends into a psychodrama of infancy, we're beyond caring."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Barthes introduces a captivating concept provoking a number of philosophical questions, but never answers them making the film unsettling and difficult to enjoy."
‑ Perri Nemiroff,
"Feels like "Being John Malkovich" but funny nonetheless. Paul Chambers, CNN."
‑ Paul Chambers, CNNRadio
"These are all very surreal, inventive ideas, heightened by the dreamlike cinematography from Barthes' partner, Andrij Parekh; the scenes shot in St. Petersburg, for example, are simultaneously gauzy and bleak."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"Inspired by one of [director] Barthes' dreams, Cold Souls has the kind of twisted but clever self-awareness of Being John Malkovich."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Fanciful tale is fun for grownups; won't appeal to kids."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"The nature and value of the human soul is thoughtfully and humorously explored."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"If you could buy Cold Souls in flatpack form from IKEA, when you laid out all the parts on the living room floor they'd look a lot like the components for a Charlie Kaufman movie."
‑ Ian Berriman, SFX Magazine
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