Whitney Pastorek
January 22, 2009 AT 11:15 PM EST

In Sophie Barthes’ Cold Souls, Paul Giamatti plays “Paul Giamatti,” an American actor so weighed down by his soul that he’s unable to function. After reading a New Yorker article on a company that will extract your soul (and, if you choose, replace it with a new one imported from Russia), he elects to have the procedure, only to realize the downsides might be kinda huge. Think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind meets Solzhenitsyn, with a great Uncle Vanya monologue and possibly a great recession business model thrown in to boot…

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