Paul Giamatti stars as Paul Giamatti, an actor agonising over his interpretation of the famously difficult role of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya in a new Broadway production. Paralysed by anxiety, he stumbles upon a solution via an article in the New Yorker about a high-tech company that promises to alleviate suffering by extracting the soul. Giamatti engages their services, but finds to his horror that his soul has the size and shape of a chickpeaGÇª But when he finds his life without a soul, well, soulless, Giamatti decides he wants his soul backGÇöonly to discover that it has been stolen by a mysterious soul-trafficking mule for re-introduction into an aspiring Russian soap starlet. Giamatti is joined by David Strathairn (Good Night and Good Luck), Emily Watson (Punch Drunk Love) and Six Feet UnderGÇÖs Lauren Ambrose in this mind-bending response to bigger, better, shinier American consumerismGÇöa dazzlingly inventive comedy which walks a tightrope between humour and gravity, reality and fantasy.
A soul searching comedy