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Perfect Sense

Love means never having to say ‘you’re sorry’ ... because your partner can’t hear you, anyway.

Rod Lott May 22nd, 2012

If Contagion were exported to Scotland — and injected with a dose of speculative fiction in customs — the result might make Perfect Sense. The film fails only to fit snugly into one genre, being a thriller, a romance and sci-fi, but sci-fi only in the sense that Children of Men and Never Let Me Go were. This is equally brainy, and maybe just a smidge less bleak.


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

Hey! Read This:
Beginners film review  
Camelot: The Complete First Season Blu-ray review  
Contagion Blu-ray review   
Cracks DVD review  
Haywire Blu-ray review 
Never Let Me Go film review  

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05.22.2012 at 10:23 Reply



06.10.2012 at 06:21 Reply

Unique in so many ways, “Perfect Sense” captured me completely. I was engulfed in imagining losing my senses; emotionally attached to the film with the characters. Watching everyone in the airport imagining what it would be like in such a populated place when I realized I almost missed my plane on my most frequent business trip for Dish. The stretch with no audio worked perfectly it reminded me of one of Mozart’s opera’s that just keeps building without needing a break; perfect beauty. Independent films are enriched with a quality not found in mainstream Hollywood. If I’m going down by losing all my senses, I will hope I’ve found someone to hold as tight as possible.