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.
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.…
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…
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…
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 was a huge surprise! Thanks to the letterboxd community (mostly Del Boy) for giving me the kick in the ass I needed to finally watch this. As a public health nerd, a fatalist, and a romantic, Perfect Sense is pretty much as good as it gets for me.
Unlike Contagion, which also deals with the outbreak of a mysterious and terrifying illness, Perfect Sense takes a decidedly grand-in-scale concept and makes it intensely personal. The illness is one that takes away human senses one by one. It is such a mysterious illness that epidemiologist Susan (Eva Green) and her team are always one step behind the pandemic. It is a beautifully told story of the end of the world,…
"I kind of loved it"
That's what my friend fellow Letterboxder Zach said when I asked him what he thought of this film. Well I kind of agree.
I didn't know much about the plot so I was mostly clueless about what I was about to watch. It didn't take long for the story to really grab me, and as it progressed I started noticing how beautifully shot the film is and the score is absolutely fantastic. It all plays into the great atomosphere you feel throughout which shows some talented people worked on this film.
The directing, acting, cinematography, and score are all top notch and there's just a certain beauty to what's on display. I won't talk about…
works in all its cheesy ridiculousness of the plot just fine with me. they want it all, and in my book they shall have it. obviously more brave than you would expect as it seems to be a clear love or hate movie.
Perfect Sense explores one's inner emotions as an extension of the ordinary senses, it's link to touch alone, and how it is in fact the core of a human being's perception, that life perhaps can go on with it intact, despite the loss of almost everything else. Kim Fupz Aakeson has written a magnificent script. Although it is not perfect (but what is?), one cannot deny the astonishment at his ability of transforming an abstract concept such as this into a feature length film. The story is brought to life by David Mackenzie's well applied direction paired with the performances by Eva Green and Ewan McGregor, who share magnificent chemistry, as well as a particularly captivating soundtrack by Max Richter.
If films are meant to make you think, feel, and more, then Perfect Sense, having accomplished that, is something to behold.
Better than Blindness. Not as good as Children of Men. But does have Eva Green's naked body going for it.
One of the best movies produced in the last couple of years
Finally, a classy piece of armageddon which doesn't involve market friendly zombies.
I really enjoyed the central idea in this film about the world slowly losing its senses but I could never fully engage with the human side of this film and thus it felt a bit flat for me.
Well, that was... unsettling. Forget about zombie apocalypse or alien invasion. What if, out of nowhere, without any given reason, an epidemic that causes people to lose their senses starts spreading around the world? David Mackenzie's PERFECT SENSE deals with just that. The story itself revolves around a romantic relationship between two characters (Eva Green and Ewan McGregor) in a rather unfortunate time.
While you may categorize it as a sci-fi drama, this film has very real look to it, sort of like CHILDREN OF MEN. It deals with every day problems and people living their lives. The epidemic is kind of like a supporting character in the film, and the direction from Mackenzie is really good. The performances are…