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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 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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A Modern Love Story 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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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 »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£21,675 (United Kingdom), 11 October 2011, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,567, 5 February 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,959, 9 February 2012
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Denis Lawson (Boss) is the uncle of Ewan McGregor (Michael) in real life. 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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Featured in Great Movie Mistakes IV (2012) See more »

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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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A beautiful film that won't be for everyones' tastes.
7 February 2012 | by GamerDon119See all my reviews

I won't spend a lot on the synopsis since most have already explained it. Simply put, this movie is a story of two people who fall in love just as an epidemic spreads across the world ridding people of their five senses, one by one.

Personally, I loved the film! It is a beautiful film to look at, even in the most devastating of scenes. I felt multiple emotions throughout the film, of which I felt the movie accomplished well. There are scenes that may make you laugh, scenes that may make you feel tense, scenes that may make you shed some tears, scenes that may make you feel more appreciative of what you have in life.

Now like I said in the title of this review this film is not for everyone. Some will find it silly or weird such as the symptoms that precede the loss of each sense (an example includes a massive consumption of everything in sight, from flowers to lipstick to a whole can of mustard). Some may also feel the movie is too optimistic in an end-of-the-world-scenario. You will either go with the film or you won't. I went with it and was thoroughly moved.

I've read multiple reviews on this film, and it seems that many people take different things away from it. That is what I think makes a great film, when people are left to discuss after the credits roll. This is definitely one of my most favorites films in a while, and I wouldn't hesitate to watch it again.


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