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The Five Senses (1999)

Interconnected stories examine situations involving the five senses. Touch is represented by a massage therapist who is treating a woman, while her daughter accidentally loses the woman's ... See full summary »

Director:

Jeremy Podeswa

Writer:

Jeremy Podeswa

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4 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Molly Parker ... Anna Miller
Gabrielle Rose ... Ruth Seraph
Elize Frances Stolk Elize Frances Stolk ... Amy Lee Miller
Nadia Litz ... Rachel Seraph
Mary-Louise Parker ... Rona
Daniel MacIvor ... Robert
Philippe Volter Philippe Volter ... Dr. Richard Jacob
Clinton Walker Clinton Walker ... Carl
Astrid Van Wieren Astrid Van Wieren ... Richard's Patient
Brendan Fletcher ... Rupert
Paul Bettis Paul Bettis ... Richard's Doctor
James Allodi ... Justin
Gavin Crawford ... Airport Clerk
Sandi Stahlbrand Sandi Stahlbrand ... TV Reporter #1
Amanda Soha Amanda Soha ... Sylvie
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Storyline

Interconnected stories examine situations involving the five senses. Touch is represented by a massage therapist who is treating a woman, while her daughter accidentally loses the woman's pre-school daughter in the park. The older daughter meets a voyeur (vision), a professional house-cleaner has an acute sense of smell, a cake maker has lost her sense of taste, and an older man is losing his hearing. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Nothing can cure the soul but the senses. -- Oscar Wilde

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Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

French | English | Italian

Release Date:

3 December 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Cinco sentidos See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,653, 16 July 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$497,091, 20 August 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Robert: [about a new cologne he has just received as a gift] It smells like love.
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Connections

Featured in Marion Bridge (2002) See more »

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MASK
Written by Ramiro Puerta
Performed by Proyecto Urbano
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Love lost and found
10 August 2000 | by lou-50See all my reviews

"The Sixth Sense" bedazzled us last year with its supernatural trickery. This year, "The Five Senses" deserves equal success by being merely natural -being able to tell a human story intelligently. The film is a collection of love vignettes with each character cleverly highlighting one of the human senses. Writer and director Jeremy Podeswa has intertwined a human drama of finding a missing little girl with each player contributing an intriguing and equal share of the story, crisscrossing each other's lives in near perfect structure and execution. "The Five Senses" is what "Timecode" wishes it could have become. Mary Louise Parker heads a powerful cast, each member with an absorbing tangent that you merrily want to follow: Robert (Daniel MacIvor) the gay house cleaner who pursues true love by trying to find that distinct scent, Rona (Parker) the hopelessly unlucky lover who only sees what she wants to see in a relationship, Roberto (Mario Leonardi) her amorous counterpart too wrapped up in Italian cuisine to understand American courtship, Richard (Philippe Volter) the French doctor so consumed with his ominous deafness until he is rescued by an unexpected consort, Ruth (Gabrielle Rose) the massage therapist who tries to consummate her love for her deceased husband every time she touches a client, and finally Rachel (Nadia Litz), a composite of all the senses, a young woman blinded by guilt both past and present and yet using her senses to strive for forgiveness. "The Five Senses" is intelligent enough to show us how each individual uses their senses to try to escape their human quandary - some succeed and some don't.


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