Another Sundance hit is coming to select theatres this summer, and yes, I think the most obvious word to describe it is “Kaufman-esque”. Cold Souls is the directorial debut of Sophie Barthes, a “metaphysical comedy” about a man who undergoes an experimental procedure and has his soul removed in order to reduce anxiety. But when he soon finds that he can’t live without it, he discovers that his soul has already been transplanted into another body: the body of a soap opera actress living in Russia, to be exact.
When I first heard about this movie, I immediately thought it sounded a bit like The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but now that I’ve seen the trailer… man, it’s even more derivative of Charlie Kaufman than I originally suspected. Paul Giamatti playing an actor named Paul Giamatti?! Come on, that’s just shameless. I’m still curious to see it, and the cinematography looks gorgeous, but I don’t know if I can get past the fact that this looks like such a rip off. Check out the trailer below and see what you think. Cold Souls hits select theatres on August 7th.