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Writer/director Sophie Barthes crafts this metaphysical tragicomedy, which straddles the line between reality and fantasy, set in a world where souls are extracted from humans and traded as commodites. Paul Giamatti is an anxious New Yorker who finds the answer to his deep-rooted malaise after stumbling upon an article about a high-tech company that claims to have found a solution to human suffering. By deep-freezing souls, claims the company, they can give their customers a life free from fear, doubt, and worry. Eager to free himself from the emotional burden of angst, Giamatti eagerly enlists their services. Trouble arises, however, when Giamatti's soul is swiped by a soul-trafficking "mule" who in turn gives it to a no-talent Russian soap opera actress. Now, in order to get back the soul that is rightfully his, Giamatti must make the arduous trip to St. Petersburg, along the way discovering that the true key to happiness isn't the absence of pain, but the ability to experience the entire spectrum of emotion and cherish the things that really matter. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:August 7, 2009


Awarded by
Independent Spirit Awards Andrij Parekh Best Cinematography 2009 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Sophie Barthes Best First Screenplay 2009 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Dina Korzun Best Supporting Female 2009 Nominee


Paul Giamatti
as Paul Giamatti
David Strathairn
as Dr. Flintstein
Emily Watson
as Claire
Dina Korzun
as Nina
Katheryn Winnick
as Sveta
Lauren Ambrose
as Stephanie
Armand Schultz
as Astrov
Michael Tucker
as Theatre Director
Ted Koch
as INS Officer
Oksana Lada
as Sasha
Natalia Zvereva
as Blonde Mule
Larisa Bell
as Russian Singer
Anna Dukova
as Olga
Charles Techman
as Soul Storage Doorman
Laura Heisler
as Female Client in Promo
Brienin Bryant
as Young Woman in Soul Storage
Charlotte Mickie
as Mrs. Rathbone
Rebecca Brooksher
as Yelena
Henry Stram
as Telegin
Herb Foster
as Serebriakov
Boris Kievsky
as Oleg
Alex Adamov
as Photographer
Lisa Emery
as Cynthia
Mimi Lieber
as Friend at Restaurant
Yevgeniy Dekhtyar
as Hotel Receptionist
Boris Leskin
as Donor
Gregory Korostishevsky
as Igor
Michael Aronov
as Mafioso
Sasha Luzanov
as Video Store Salesman
Tatyana Eyorova
as Factory Supervisor
Svetlana Kireeva
as Landlord
David Spearman
as Young Soldier
Michael Stuhlbarg
as Hedge Fund Consultant
Tom Stearns
as Man Extracting Neurons (Soul Sequences Cast)
Seth Austin
as Androgynous Person (Soul Sequences Cast)
Max McGuire
as Androgynous Person (Soul Sequences Cast)
Stella Stark
as Paul's Mother (Soul Sequences Cast)
David Maynes
as Young Paul (Soul Sequences Cast)
Adrian Lallemand
as Baby Paul


Sophie Barthes
Elizabeth Giamatti
Dan Carey
Andrij Parekh
Paul S. Mezey
Jeremy Kipp Walker
Sophie Barthes
Andrij Parekh
Dickon Hinchliffe
Musical Direction/Supervision
Dickon Hinchliffe
Composer (Music Score)
Tracy McKnight
Musical Direction/Supervision
Andrew Mondshein
Michael Ahern
Art Director
Vera Zelinskaya
Art Director
Alexandre Mallet-Guy
James Shifren
Executive Producer
John Hynansky
Executive Producer
D.J. Martin
Executive Producer
Ipek Celik
Set Decorator
Erin Benach
Costume Designer
Mariela Comitini
First Assistant Director
Daniel Swee
Judy Karp
Sound Mixer
Anatoly Lukash
Set Dresser
Eli Gurevich
Production Supervisor
Jennifer Basnyat
Title Design
Sarah Gottlieb
Second Assistant Director
Roman Prokoshin
Still Photographer
Louise Lovegrove
Unit Production Manager
Olenka Denysenko
Script Supervisor
David Saltzman
Production Coordinator
Emma Potter
Costumes Supervisor
Adam Bell
Still Photographer
Natasha Smirnova
Line Producer
Michael Kulak
Production Coordinator