7.1/10
52,221
124 user 167 critic

Perfect Sense (2011)

Trailer
2:14 | Trailer
A chef and a scientist fall in love as an epidemic begins to rob people of their sensory perceptions.

Director:

David Mackenzie
Reviews
Popularity
4,844 ( 564)
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Womb (2010)
Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A woman's consuming love forces her to bear the clone of her dead beloved. From his infancy to manhood, she faces the unavoidable complexities of her controversial decision.

Director: Benedek Fliegauf
Stars: Eva Green, Matt Smith, Lesley Manville
Cracks I (2009)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A look at the lives and relationships among girls at an elite boarding school.

Director: Jordan Scott
Stars: Eva Green, Juno Temple, María Valverde
The Dreamers (2003)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the '68 Paris student riots.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Stars: Michael Pitt, Louis Garrel, Eva Green
I Origins (2014)
Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A molecular biologist and his laboratory partner uncover evidence that may fundamentally change society as we know it.

Director: Mike Cahill
Stars: Michael Pitt, Steven Yeun, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey
Franklyn (2008)
Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A portrait of the broken lives of four people (a vigilante detective, a worried parent, an awkward man looking for love and a suicidal artist) as they all struggle to cope in their religiously-dystopian city.

Director: Gerald McMorrow
Stars: Eva Green, Ryan Phillippe, Sam Riley
Young Adam (2003)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A young drifter working on a river barge disrupts his employers' lives while hiding the fact that he knows more about a dead woman found in the river than he admits.

Director: David Mackenzie
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton, Peter Mullan
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A fisheries expert is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheik's vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embarks on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible possible.

Director: Lasse Hallström
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Amr Waked
Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The lives of three friends, from their early school days into young adulthood, when the reality of the world they live in comes knocking.

Director: Mark Romanek
Stars: Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield
Zoe I (2018)
Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A story about how synthetic humans can feel and even love and how the people they are involved with react to this concept.

Director: Drake Doremus
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Léa Seydoux, Theo James
Beginners (2010)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer and that he has a young male lover.

Director: Mike Mills
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In 1988, a teenage girl's life is thrown into chaos when her mother disappears.

Director: Gregg Araki
Stars: Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Sex and love. Some seek it, some need it, some spurn it and some pay for it, but we're all involved in it. Set on one afternoon on Hampstead Heath, London, the film investigates the minutiae of seven couples. What makes us tick?

Director: Ed Blum
Stars: Holly Aird, Eileen Atkins, Hugh Bonneville
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eva Green ... Susan
Lauren Tempany Lauren Tempany ... Girl in Bed
Ewan McGregor ... Michael
Connie Nielsen ... Jenny
Denis Lawson ... Boss
Stephen Dillane ... Stephen Montgomery
Shabana Akhtar Bakhsh Shabana Akhtar Bakhsh ... Nurse (as Shabana Bakhsh)
Caroline Paterson Caroline Paterson ... Woman at Hospital
Malcolm Shields ... Patient
Judith Anne Christie Judith Anne Christie ... Waitress
Ewen Bremner ... James
Richard Mack Richard Mack ... Apprentice Chef Richard
Alastair Mackenzie ... Virologist
Anamaria Marinca ... Street Performer
Juliet Cadzow Juliet Cadzow ... Wife at Grave
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Without love there is nothing. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site | See more »

Country:

UK | Sweden | Denmark | Ireland

Language:

English | Sign Languages

Release Date:

7 October 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Al final de los sentidos See more »

Filming Locations:

Scotland, UK See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,567, 5 February 2012

Gross USA:

$2,959

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$933,352
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Filmed on location in Glasgow, India, Mexico and Kenya. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Review of 2011 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

No voice was raised
written by Raymond Raposa
performed by Castanets
Courtesy of Asthmatic Kitty
Licensed courtesy of Domino Publishing Co Ltd (PRS)
By arrangament with Mixtape Music Ltd
Score Recorded at Studio Babelsberg by Falko Duczmal
Mixed by Falko Duczmal & Max Richter
Score Supervision by Mattias Schneider
Score Preparation by Dave Foster
Violin: Elissa Lee, Claudia Ajmone-Marsan
Viola: Sebastian Krunnies
Cello: Stefan Heinemeyer, Mok-hyun Gibson-Lane, Max Richter
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Strong film
30 December 2011 | by synevySee 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.


140 of 176 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 124 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed