Doesn'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.
Susan is an epidemiologist, Michael is a chef. When the world is on the verge of its day of reckoning, they find each other. For some inexplicable reason Earth is being hit by global diseases: first, everybody loses their sense of smell, then their sense of taste, and so forth. Every hit is accompanied by an outburst of emotion (sadness, anger). As a viewer you soon see that hope is all gone; that we’re dealing here with something unfixable. ‘Perfect Sense’ simply shows the annihilation of society, but through the eyes of lovers who have to learn to deal with this wretched climate. Overly dramatized soundtracks, with many violins, guide us from the very first signs of this crisis up…
I have not once ever heard about this movie. Then one day somebody on the Facebook page "Cinema Discussions" mentioned this in a comment and I LOVE me some Eva Green so I said why the hell not!. "Perfect Sense" is directed by David Mackenzie(never heard of him) and stars Ewan McGregor and Eva Green. Overall I really enjoyed this movie. It was quite fascinating actually.
The plot of the film is that it follows this strange couple(friends with benefits kind of) during a time where the entire human race is slowly losing all their senses(sight, tastes etc..) one by one. Each sense lost is preceded by a outbreak of a certain emotion.
+ Great acting
+ Awesome directing…
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…
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.…
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…
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.…
Even though it may not be executed perfectly, this film makes its point philosophically.
You don't know what you've got until it's gone.
From there, you need to adapt.
And in that adaptation, there can still be beauty.
These themes are reflected in the relationship between our two main characters, who are very scarred people that continue to lose things and hurt one another, but they continue to move forward from there. In the end, they are almost like the Adam and Eve of this new world carved from loss.
It's sad but it's stylistic and hey, I like Eva Green and Ewan McGregor. Why not.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Great movie. Evocative sci-fi. Focused on what it would be like if this were happening instead of the mechanics of what was happening, in a good way.
Ewan McGregor being a chef was a great choice for a film about loss of senses. Eva Green being an epidemiologist turned out to be a red herring, only used for a little exposition.
A really emotional experience. Very sad.
Interesting premise and great leads, that's why it gets the four stars. I think concept was presented in a unique way, but not nearly as brilliant as it could have been.
Also, that almost Dr. Zhivago ending nearly gave me a heart attack.
There's a scene in Perfect Sense that happens about a third of the way through. It's not the greatest scene in the world, in fact it's a bit ridiculous, but it connected with me.
Michael and Susan are just starting to know each other, in a world that has suffered from a plague causing people to lose their sense of smell. They have gone for a walk along the Clyde in Glasgow and they come along a street performer whose act involves shoddy clown make-up, a violin and some crowd participation. The performer is trying to get the crowd to remember what is was like to smell, and she talks the audience through the experience of smelling a forest. I…
Good gods, this was depressing. Lovers falling in love as they slowly lose all their senses: Smell, taste, hearing, and then finally, sight. It's a gradual descent to a depressing ending. Not recommended as a late night watch.
Both Ewan McGregor and Eva Green put on fantastic performances though. Ewan especially. He seems particularly at ease here.
Intriguing idea but the film isn't as good as it should be. It's early charm wears off and comes apparent the script isn't anywhere near good enough but it's a film with plenty to admire.
[...] PERFECT SENSE stürzt die Welt in ein krasses Szenario: Die Menschen verlieren nach kurz anhaltender Ekstase, Schmerz oder Wut dauerhaft ihre Sinne – einen nach dem anderen. Keiner versteht es, keiner kann es kontrollieren, es ist nur eine Frage der Zeit bis die Menschheit am Ende ist, sollte nicht ein Wunder passieren. Also was zählt noch in solchen Zeiten? Wovon zehren wir und ziehen die Kraft es durchzustehen?
Die Antworten liefert Regisseur Daniel Mackenzie mit voller emotionaler Wucht – wundervoll und romantisch, im Gegenpol jedoch unglaublich tragisch und tieftraurig. Die Hoffnung stirbt zuletzt. Unterstützend, nein, verstärkend für diese emotional aufgeladene Reise wirken die schlichtweg phänomenalen Bilder von Kameramann Giles Nuttgens und der subtile, grandios komponierte Soundtrack aus zeitgenössischer Klassik…
How was this so touching? (pun intended)
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