Spread director David Mackenzie’s movie imagines a new disease in which victims inexplicably become overwhelmed with grief, then lose their sense of smell entirely. While not thought to be contagious, the threat is so unfamiliar that the public overreacts, anyway.
Meeting in the midst of this madness are epidemiologist Susan (Eva Green, Dark Shadows, Cracks, TV’s Camelot) and chef Michael (Ewan McGregor, Haywire, Beginners). Her business is figuring out the virus; his business is crippled by it; they fall in love.
Perfect Sense explores how their relationship changes and evolves as the disease morphs and mutates. If people suddenly experience terror, extreme hunger, aggressive rage, hearing loss and so on, will their circle be unbroken?
Bearing an appropriately cold, sterile look, where the outdoors are forever overcast, the film is nonetheless brimming with beautiful images, some indelible. More importantly, it is original; I have not seen this story before. So daring and unique is Perfect Sense that a several-minute stretch has no audio — literally, complete silence. If the world crumbles to an end, you couldn’t pick more attractive leads as your guides. —Rod Lott