to seduce you in this writer/director's don't-show-us-the-expected bit of smart, sci-fi fluff.
Made, I suspect, on a very small budget, Ms. Barthes' movie is economical is more ways than one. Her concept -- Mr. Giamatti (shown in each of these photos below and on the poster, above), who is playing an actor named Paul Giamatti (which is not, I think, quite the same thing as playing "oneself"), has his attention called to a recent article in The New Yorker (inspired bit of satire, that!) about a company that removes and stores your soul. Why, exactly, anyone would want this procedure done to himself is a question that comes up and is quickly shoved aside, as is the equally unbelievable premise of Lynn Shelton's current Humpday. Both films ask us to suspend our disbelief in order to put ourselves in the shoes of their protagonists and, afterward, have a amusing time watching these guys come to terms with their decision.
Arclight, Sherman Oaks; at the Playhouse 7 in Pasadena; and the Westpark in Irvine. A limited, nationwide roll-out will follow, as will, one expects, an eventual DVD release.