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Cold Souls

The Look of Being Lost (photo)

The Look of Being Lost

Lucrecia Martel’s hallucinatory new film “The Headless Woman” could just as well be called “The Hazy Woman.” While the film’s protagonist, the middle-aged Vero, appears headless, literally, in several images — with the frame cutting her off at the neck — she’s also shown walking around in a daze, with blurry cinematography providing a visual […]

And Starring Paul Giamatti As Himself (photo)

And Starring Paul Giamatti As Himself

Like the titular actor in “Being John Malkovich,” Paul Giamatti plays a version of himself in “Cold Souls” — “Paul Giamatti,” an ever-so-serious thespian with a thriving stage and screen career who’s so weighed down by the lead role in a theater production of Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” that he follows up on an ad offering […]

Minor Crises (photo)

Minor Crises

Whether he likes it or not — and we’re talking about a director whose characters feel so much ambivalence that you can practically see it radiating off of them in waves — Andrew Bujalski has become the patron saint of the burgeoning grassroots indie movement misleadingly known as mumblecore. (The people in these films may […]

Beeswax, Bloggers and Barack (photo)

Beeswax, Bloggers and Barack

This week’s new releases include a Latin American double bill on the nature of the fame game, a British one-two centered on the macabre and a global smattering of meditations on love young and old. Download this in audio form (MP3: 13:04 minutes, 12 MB) Subscribe to the In Theaters podcast: [XML] [iTunes] “Beeswax” Following […]

Sundance 2009: “Cold Souls.” (photo)

Sundance 2009: “Cold Souls.”

The shadow of Charlie Kaufman looms unignorably large over Sophie Barthes’ first feature “Cold Souls,” which stars Paul Giamatti as a well-known and very serious actor named Paul Giamatti, who’s finding that his role in a upcoming stage production of “Uncle Vanya” is weighing on him. An article in the New Yorker steers him to […]