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Perfect Sense (2011)

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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

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Lauren Tempany ...
Girl in Bed
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Boss
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Stephen Montgomery
Shabana Akhtar Bakhsh ...
Nurse (as Shabana Bakhsh)
Caroline Paterson ...
Woman at Hospital
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Judith Anne Christie ...
Waitress
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James
Richard Mack ...
Apprentice Chef Richard
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Virologist
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Street Performer
Juliet Cadzow ...
Wife at Grave
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Storyline

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 »

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

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7 October 2011 (UK)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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$1,567 (USA) (3 February 2012)
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Denis Lawson (Boss) is the uncle of Ewan McGregor (Michael) in real life. See more »

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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 »

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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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Strong film
30 December 2011 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

I wouldn't want to say a lot about the story. Perfect Sense is a film you have to see, taste, smell, listen. It's not a Contagion - like movie, it's not a zombie one either, but it could definitely be a post

  • apocalyptic reality check.




We could, but we wouldn't want to imagine something like that happening, yet again "what if". How strong is the human heart and mind and how could we adapt in such a massive change? This film might suggest a hint.

Ewan McGregor plays a chef that somehow gets involved with Eva Green, a scientist. Then, all that matters is how these two characters cope with an epidemic that bursts, depriving people their senses.

I found this film quite enlightening, the performances intense, the music appropriate and, last but not least, the photography/ filming magnificent. Great work from the director David Mackenzie. The end was mind blowing, for me.

Keep an open mind, look at the big picture and it'll be worth your time.


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