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Perfect Sense (2011)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi  |  7 October 2011 (UK)
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A chef and a scientist fall in love as an epidemic begins to rob people of their sensory perceptions.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lauren Tempany ...
Girl in Bed
Stephen Montgomery
Shabana Akhtar Bakhsh ...
Nurse (as Shabana Bakhsh)
Caroline Paterson ...
Woman at Hospital
Judith Anne Christie ...
Richard Mack ...
Apprentice Chef Richard
Street Performer
Juliet Cadzow ...
Wife at Grave


An odd epidemic appears across the globe: people suddenly lose one of their senses. At first, it's an outbreak of loss of smell. It's often presaged by a destructive temper tantrum. In this mix are a scientist and a chef - she's Susan, one of a team trying to understand the epidemic; he's Michael, charming and engaging. Susan and Michael begin a relationship in the middle of increasing chaos, as the loss of other senses plagues more people and as civil authorities try to maintain order. Susan's voice-over reflections provide insight. Is love possible in such a changed world? Can anything make perfect sense? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Without love there is nothing. See more »


Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 October 2011 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Al final de los sentidos  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,567 (USA) (3 February 2012)


$1,567 (USA) (3 February 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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The band playing in the nightclub scene are Cruiser. See more »


When Stephen is talking to Susan and the Virologist near the beginning of the film, a doctor can be seen running down the stairs behind him towards the floor below. The camera cuts away and then back to Stephen, showing the doctor running back down the stairs again, then after a second cut back, he vanishes. See more »


[first lines]
Susan: [narrating] There was darkness. There is light. There are men and women. There's food. There are restaurants. Disease. There's work. Traffic. The days as we know them, the world as we imagine the world.
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The Most Terrifying Film I've seen in Years!
29 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes, it's a romantic film. There's a lot of light-hearted stuff in the mix. But the concept of what inevitably will happen and the events mapping the way were frightening to me. I had a very present fear that the same thing could happen to me, silly as that sounds. I felt like I'd been punched in the stomach at the end.

My roommate and I watched this and Contagion on the same night. Compared to this, Contagion was a let down and almost boring--not denying that it was a really good film, it just wasn't as polished. Perfect Sense had so much STYLE and kept us glued to the screen. It was so entertaining! I think it's my favorite "world might be ending" movie of all time. I've never been so satisfied by a film of this genre before.

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