Cold Souls

15 Jul

Barthes in action. (Thanks IMDB.)

Even though I watched this on a bored whim, with no expectations, I noticed right away it was special. The tone of the film caused a kind of pleasant and lonely ennui(?) which I haven’t often felt during my movie-gazing times. (I also experienced this while watching fellow lady-filmmaker Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation.) Cold Souls was funny, but in a very understated, quiet, sad way. I was happily surprised to learn it was written and directed by a lady, Sophie Barthes. And it’s her first feature-length film! What will you do next, Sophie?!

You can watch the trailer too, but it’s kind of bad. Ignore the music and expect a treat by Russian actress Dina Korzun, who is barely shown in the trailer at all! Sad! But it is nice seeing Paul Giamatti playing Paul Giamatti.


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