Paul, an actor, is having trouble preparing for the title role in Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya.” An article puts him in touch with a doctor who specializes in the extraction and exchange of souls. When Paul receives the essence of a Russian poet, his new soul takes over his life.
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I promised myself I wouldn't compare this to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but damn if I can't. The only way to describe it is if Eternal Sunshine and Being John Malkovich had a baby, which in turn had a baby with The Adjustment Bureau, and that baby really got into existentialism, that baby would be Cold Souls. Brilliant, innovative filmmaking with a brilliant performance by Paul Giamatti as…himself.
I always get excited when a script alone tickles me, but when it is combined with great acting then I am hooked. The script might remind you of "Being John Malkovich" and "The Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind", whereas Paul Giamatti is better than ever before undertaking the difficult task of acting with and without his soul...
I'll agree that it has a lot of similarities with eternal sunshine, but not enough to bother me. the concepts of soul swapping and memory erasing are very different, and although both protagonists end up sifting through parts of themselves and finding something they didn't expect, I think the characters themselves are so different. Besides, the world can always use another dark, existential comedy :)
Giamatti plays Giamatti with and without soul. Intriguing and stimulating idea, great actors - Dina Korzun the "mule" as well - and a perfect balance between drama and comedy. I appreciated it, very much.
The premise was good and it was a different thing than of Eternal Sunshine(can't seem to understand why there are some people consider this movie was a rip off from it), it was rather dark&humorous, and the romance was nowhere near cheesy. It's worth seeing.