I just finished watching my favorite actor in one of my new favorite films of all time, Cold Souls
The premise of this metamovie is that an actor named Paul Giametti
played by Paul Giametti
is overburdened and frustrated with his performance as the lead in Chekov's
masterpiece of a play, Uncle Vanya
. As advised by his agent, Paul
goes off to use a new medical service that claims to remove a person's soul and placed into a storage. This soulectomy
is seen as a homeopathic procedure of existential proportions.
finds out that he can't live without a soul as its absence deeply effects his ability to act and his relationship with his wife. So he then proceeds to rent an illegally smuggled soul of a Russian poet. The transplant is an immediate success regarding his acting career.
I won't go into any further film details that might spoil the film, he of course then desires to return to his own soul.
The film is incredibly witty and thought provoking. Once again, Paul Giametti
is ignored by the Academy
in regards to his incredible and subtle performance. The best I've seen this year.
Regardless of that egregious error..., would you have your soul removed to be unburdened by its demands? Would you temporarily trade or borrow a soul from someone you admire (an actor; a poet; an artist; an intellectual; a warrior; a queen; etc...?) Who would it be? Would you keep it indefinitely or just temporary? How would you feel if someone else had your soul and was treating it better then you? Or worse then you? Or are souls things of urban and/or religious legend in your mind?