Don't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
Without love there is nothing.
Susan is a scientist searching for answers to important questions. So important that she has given up on other things, like love - until she meets Micheal. Susan and Michael find themselves embarking on a sensual adventure while the world around them seems to be falling apart. A life-affirming look at what it means to love and be loved in turbulent times.
Recommended to me on my Lend me your Heart list (which can be found here)
This film appeals to both the head and the heart and I love it for it.
I think most of us have wondered what it would be like to lose one of their senses. This film explores that notion by proxy of a global disease that causes you to lose your senses one by one. What I found very interesting is what this film's conclusion is to how we would respond to that. We would find a way to keep going and make sense of our lives, whether through art or routine. I found that a surprisingly plausible notion. It does touch upon our innate…
David Mackenzie is one of those largely ignored British directors. His filmography is far from flawless (even his good films aren't perfect) but his films do deserve a bit more attention than they seem to receive. Young Adam, Hallam Foe and now Perfect Sense are three interesting, unusual, and accomplished movies that were undeservedly released with little fanfare. Perfect Sense is Mackenzie’s second collaboration with Ewan McGregor and the director seems able to challenge and get the best out of the actor.
Essentially an apocalyptic love story, Perfect Sense brilliantly captures how the world would react to the gradual loss of all our senses. It is a frightening prospect and Mackenzie captures both the sheer panic and the need to…
Eva Green and Ewan McGregor are well cast as an epidemiologist and chef respectively, Michael (McGregor) taking his breaks from the kitchen in the alleyway behind the restaurant leading onto the apartments where Susan (Green) is living. Susan is asked to start working on the strange cases that are slowly appearing across the country (Scotland, the heart of the story is based in Glasgow) where people are becoming emotionally fraught for a short period, then a sudden switch to calmness and the loss of all smell.
They first meet by sharing cigarettes marking the cue for director David Mackenzie to take time introducing them to each other, carefully building the detailed nuances that help form the larger picture later on.…
I'd like to personally thank The Artist Formerly Known As Del Boy for recommending me this very unique and lovely gem.
Both Ewan McGregor and Eva Green are excellent in the leads and share some amazing chemistry. Their relationship feels so raw and intimate, I'd be surprised if they didn't have feelings for each other in real life. They're astonishing as a couple in the midst of an outbreak. As interesting as the sci-fi element is, the love story works all by itself thanks to the two leads. There is so much emotion and care displayed on the screen and put into the picture that it really transcends. The script, the acting, the cinematography, the direction...all wonderfully brilliant and beautiful.…
The director has an assured hand on the tiller which means his vision is absolutely realised, and the talented cast play to their absolute strengths with utter conviction which means the viewer can buy into the premise immediately and that scenes which may have come across as laughable are anything but. This is a film with heart which reaches out to the viewer (unlike the other recent sci fi film starring Eva Green, Clone/Womb which I reviewed yesterday, a film that kept an aloof cold aesthetic towards the viewer) by focusing on the small scale; the love affair between two flawed people, making the ultimate global tragedy all the more poignant.
But ultimately what you do come away with from this film is the incredible endurance of the human spirit.
This film unexpectedly spoke to me. After seeing Eva Green in the truly terrible 300 remake, I was keen to see her in something more real and less campy. I thought it would be a nice little drama about two people falling in love as the world falls apart around them.
It was much, much more than that. These two people, Eva Green's Susan and Ewan McGregor's Michael, are already dealing with grief and guilt in their lives when the sickness begins. Susan is in the depths of depression over her former partner and Michael is racked with guilt daily about the way he treated a former fiancee. Both are guarded when it comes to love and it takes world…
mopey faux profundity falling flatly into utter drivel
Like Don McKellar's Last Night, Perfect Sense uses an apocalyptic conceit (in this case, an accelerating epidemic that compromises victim's senses) not as an excuse to show off special effects, but to engage quietly and meaningfully with the emotional stuff of human life. Many rewarding moments, and great chemistry between Ewan McGregor and Eva Green in the leads.
Esta es una de esas películas con las que dices... "¿por qué no se me ocurrió antes a mí?"
Perfect Sense cuenta la historia de un muy particular virus, o mutación, o bacteria, o enfermedad, o lo que sea que aparece de la nada en Europa, propagándose sin algún tipo de contagio a los demás continentes del planeta y quitándole, uno por uno, los cinco sentidos a todos los seres humanos.
Eva Green y Ewan McGregor, en un particular casting hecho a la medida, son muy convincentes como un apasionado chef y una epidemióloga en el epicentro de la enfermedad. Su química funciona y su historia de amor es original y complementaria al caos que se vive afuera de sus…
Everyone should see this movie.
Toda a gente deveria ver este filme.
Watched this for a third time. Mackenzie's ability to tell a story about the end of mankind in such a contained way blows my mind. Other than occasional montages and narration, (which are oddly fitting and also comforting), he simply focuses on two broken people who find one another and fall in love during the beginning of the end.
This is one of the most beautiful films I've ever seen and it's a shame that it just sort of flew under the radar after being released.
Kind of ridiculous no matter how you look at it but I like the way this swings for the fences regardless, going apocalyptic in a way that oddly reminded me of Children of Men by gradually removing from the global population our five senses, one at a time. The hysteria this causes is not unlike how I imagine people in Alfonso Cuarón's world reacted after realizing there weren't going to be any more babies - shock, then acclimation. What's neat here is how people adjust, first losing smell and working around it, then taste, and learning to savor mouth feel and texture, and so on. What's not so neat is the overwrought reactions when these senses disappear: goofy scenes that…
I really like Eva Green. Maybe she's why I liked this more than I should have? Cool idea, though.
Lazily tries to be profound about every 20 minutes. Faux romance, faux parable, faux sci-fi. Waste of talent. No good. McGregor sure is a beautiful man, though, the guy doesn't fucking age.
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
- Boogie Nights
- The Last King of Scotland
- Eastern Promises
- The Dreamers
- Dead Man's Letters
- La Jetée
- The Sacrifice
- When the Wind Blows
I'm a sucker for films set after an apocalypse so I thought a list might be useful. It is by…