Every year we get a film that stands out as “the amazing quirky comedy of the year.” Films like Eternal Sunshine and Being John Malkovich immediately come to mind, although there are many more. There are many films that try to join this category, but only a few that do it successfully. Everything about Cold Souls looks like this will be the new interesting comedy of the year.

The film stars Paul Giamatti as Paul Giamatti, in a story about a guy who wants have his soul removed.

Before I go into more detail, check out the poster and the trailer below…

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In response to shiny, bigger, better American consumerism comes Cold Souls, is a metaphysical comedy in which souls can be extracted and traded as commodities. Balancing on a tightrope between deadpan humor and pathos, and between reality and fantasy, the film presents Paul Giamatti as himself, agonizing over his interpretation of Uncle Vanya.

Paralyzed with anxiety, he stumbles upon a solution via a New Yorker article about a high-tech company promising to alleviate suffering by deep-freezing souls. Giamatti enlists their services, intending to reinstate his soul once he survives the performance. But complications ensue when a mysterious, soul-trafficking mule borrows Giamatti’s stored soul for an ambitious, but unfortunately talentless, soap-opera actress. Rendered soulless, he is left with no choice but to follow the trail back to St. Petersburg.

Sounds interesting huh? Check out the poster for the film below. I would consider hanging it on my wall as art if you took away the writing…


What do you think? Does this film look like it will match up to the other great films of its genre? What are some of your favorite quirky-comedies?