Cold Souls

Synopsis: 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?
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Sophie Barthes
Production: IDP/Samuel goldwyn Films
  4 wins & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min

Well, you see, I'm a madman.

So I'm not responsible.

I can say whatever I wish.

You're not mad, you know. You're a


What am I gonna do?


Give me something!

My God, man! I'm 47 years old.

If I live to be 60,

I'd have to live through another 13


How can I do that?

How can I stand that?

Dont you see?

I- I have nothing to do with those


You see? Nothing.


I mean, if I could just live

what is left in a different way-

Just wake up on a quiet morning...

and feel that this...

this is a new day.

Forget the past. Gone. Blown away.

Begin a new life-

Ah. I- I can't do this anymore.

- You wanna take a break, Paul?

- Yeah. Yeah.

Okay. Let's take a break.

What's going on, Paul?

I- I have this throb in my stomach.

I have a pain in my chest,

like somebody...

put my heart in a vice and just

tightened it.

You're taking it way too seriously.

It's not a tragedy.

What happened to your sense of


for Chrissakes?

Hey, Paul, it's Max.

Listen. Um, did you give Autumn a


Uh, Jane says that they can't wait

past Friday.

They gotta know.

It conflicts with Vanya,

but they'll go pay-or-play right away

in, uh-

you know, at your rate.

Um, listen. I know you've-

you've poured your soul into Vanya...

but I can get you out of it in a


And- Oh, speaking of souls...

you gotta check out this week's New


It's the answer to your nightmares.

Um, so give Claire my love when she

gets back.

I'll talk to you later. Bye.

All passengers on Flight S-315...

arriving from Saint Petersburg and


please proceed to

the lower baggage claim level once

you have-

"Olga Spatova Vassile"-

Spatova Vassilevna.

That's it? Do you have a nickname?

Put your right index finger on the

mark, please,

and look into the camera.

- What's the purpose of the visit?

- Surgery.

- Next.

- They don't have good doctors in


Not for the heart.

Unburdening Made Easy."

"Are New Yorkers tired of carrying

their souls?"

"Mini Storage, Pet Storage,

Private Storage, Self Storage-

"Soul Storage.

"Is your soul weighing you down?

Store it."

Welcome to the Soul Storage.

Your privacy is always guaranteed.

Our hours are 9:
00 a.m.

to 6:
00 p.m. Monday through


We're conveniently located on

Roosevelt Island.

Press "1 "for our special holiday


Press "2" if youre an existing


Thank you for your interest in Soul


Cut the rabbit

into eight pieces.

Good Morning.

Um, the Soul Storage?

- Uh, yes, sir. Fourth floor.

- Fourth floor.

Uh, sign here, please.

Tie the legs with


and rub the breast with butter.

Do you feel lonely? Are you living in

the past?

Do you lose your temper easily?"

Hi, Nina.

This is for January.

- Do you have some aspirin?

- Yeah.

I'll let him know youre here.

Thank you.

Dr. Flintstein, Nina's here.

Mr. Giamatti?

Hello? The Soul Storage.

Yes, we do have discounts for


So, how did you hear about us?

Uh- Well, my agent mentioned

something about it.

And, uh, uh-

I read the article in The New Yorker.

I wasn't quite sure about the services


People come here and-

Well, they all want to know

if the soul is immortal and how it


And we haven't a clue.

No clue.

We only offer the possibility...

to "de-soul" the body or disembody

the soul.

You can see it either way.

You can also take a look on the


before we store it.

Look on the inside- Um, um- Oh! No.

I don't-

I don't want to look on the inside.

It's entirely up to you.

Now, your soul will be stored here...

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Sophie Barthes

Sophie Barthes (born 1974) is a French-American film director and screenwriter best known for her 2009 film Cold Souls. more…

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