Perfect Sense

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Perfect Sense
While Hollywood bores us with sundry CGI-heavy visions of the apocalypse, the very intimacy of this modest Glasgow-set production provides a far more affecting account of the sum of all fears. On one side of a courtyard, there’s the staff entrance of chef Ewan McGregor’s restaurant, on the other the flat belonging to epidemiologist Eva Green. He’s a commitment-phobic womaniser, she’s a damaged, aloof loner – so of course, they get it together... just as the world is surrendering helplessly to a mystery virus progressively depriving us of our sensory perceptions. The best film to date from director David Mackenzie (‘Hallam Foe’, ‘Young Adam’) is astutely pitched as a playful, even poetic riposte to familiar celluloid intimations of mortality, yet it’s also a serious and powerful musing on what makes us human. Yes, the love story is obvious, but the performers carry it off, while the prime frissons emerge from writer Kim Fupz Aakeson’s resonant imagining of where we’d be  without smell, hearing, sight... Thrillingly ambitious, ecstatically romantic, utterly unexpected.

By: Trevor Johnston


Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday October 7 2011
Duration: 92 mins

Cast and crew

Director: David Mackenzie
Screenwriter: Kim Fupz Aakeson
Cast: Ewan McGregor
Eva Green

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Phil Ince

puzzled filmgoer - I was expecting the violent aggression to be much worse than it was but there was some chuckling in the flicks when Ewan McGrewgor started crying in bed, just before losing his sense of smell. It is quite a TV script but - maybe because my work is with people with sensory loss, the film resonated strongly with me. The compensations for loss of smell and taste were intriguing and the bath scene raised some full-hearted laughs. But when deaf people were ordered to stay in their homes ("It's the safest place for you!") and then as blindness inevitably came, I felt the catastrophe and the pity of it. It had false notes but more true than false ones, I felt.

puzzled filmgoer

This was an odd one. Quite a few things to commend it for: e.g. great cast, some nice camerawork, interesting locations and sound design. However, it was totally predictable, the voiceover was extremely cringey, the scenes of insanity were laughable, and the characters were so underwritten that it wasn't possible to empathise with them. I couldn't really enjoy this because I felt slightly embarrassed for it.

Kamal Ahman

I don't know how you can assume Tyrranosaur isn't as good, without actually seeing the film John. As it happens. I've seen both and Tyrannosaur is brilliant - nuanced, authentic, gripping, hopeful. Perfect Sense is a mess of pretentious twaddle. It ill behoves you or Time Out to defend this juvenile nonsense - but especially without seeing the films you cite!!

john o sullivan

this film is being trashed by the british papers... so we can do without the spat above... really great movie,handled very well by the director.. probally more worthy of an audience tha tyranasauros