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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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David Mackenzie
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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
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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 »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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After making Spread (2009) in Los Angeles (his first American film), David Mackenzie was all set to move permanently to the USA. His family had moved over to join him, all that remained was for him to return to Scotland to "close up shop". However, once he got back to Glasgow in October, Mackenzie realized that he had no deserve to leave his homeland. He rapidly embarked on shooting two films locally back-to-back. Perfect Sense (2011) was one of them, Tonight You're Mine (2011) was the other. 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 »

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[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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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
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Poor title for such a profound movie
2 January 2019 | by luann-lewisSee all my reviews

I had seen this a few years ago but decided to watch it again after seeing Birdbox. There is a dystopian heaviness that hangs over each of those movies. This one is not exactly a thriller. It is a gut wrenching sci-fi love story. It is also a lyrical commentary on humanity. The music is lush, narration is poetic. The plot is nightmarish with a jarring edge of realism. It is not especially fast paced so those who want crossbows and zombie blood will not like it. This is the "thinking man's" end of the world type flick.


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Language:

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Release Date:

7 October 2011 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Scotland, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,567, 5 February 2012

Gross USA:

$2,959

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$933,352
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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