‘Perfect Sense’ is a highly original film portraying the end of the world as we know it, and it forces us to think about something most of us probably never have considered: what it would be like to slowly lose all of our senses. We caught up with the film’s female lead, Eva Green, after ‘Perfect Sense’ was screened at Sundance. Here’s what she had to say about it.
Q: ‘Perfect Sense’ is not your typical, Biblical end-of-days film. Since it offers a new angle as to how mankind could end, did you walk away with any new fears or ideas on how the world might end?
A: Oh my God, I’m not a medium [laughs]! But the planet and the pollution is really bad. It’s scary. The past century has been quite nasty to our planet, we’ve just been killing it. But that’s a tricky question… I’ll have to think about that.
Q: Although this movie has a love story in it, it’s stripped down to the basics and far from traditional. We don’t know a whole lot about these two characters and their back stories. It could be argued that their connection is purely sexual, but it comes across like an actual relationship and not just a lustful one; would you agree?
A: Yeah, it’s so intense around them that it brings them closer. It’s all about the senses. They’re exploring each other and they have to enjoy every moment quickly. They’re hungry for each other. It’s a very sensuous movie, for sure.
Q: Without the epidemic that brings them together, we don’t know that these two would have been drawn to each other or survived as a couple. Do you find this to be more of a love story or about the fear of being alone?
A: Well, it is scary to be lonely, but one of the most beautiful things is to share things and love. You become human when you love. Even with the loss of their senses, they still cling to each other, which is quite beautiful.
Q: Was there one sense that you found most difficult or most interesting to convey the loss of?
A: The loss of hearing was the most difficult to portray, because you don’t have earplugs and you can actually hear what’s going on, and you have to pretend you can’t.
Q: One of the most poignant parts of the movie was the idea that losing the sense of smell wouldn’t be as tragic as losing all of the memories that are triggered by different smells. Did shooting this film heighten your senses, or make you more aware of any memories they trigger?
A: We take a lot of that for granted. We never imagine we would lose anything at all. But the sense of taste and smell–when you’re a child and Grandmother makes you a cake, and you get into her flat, and you smell it, years later you smell that same smell again and it triggers things inside of you. It’s great, it’s all in your brain, but it’s great.
Q: By the end of the movie, your character and the others appear to be absolutely drained from going through such traumatic events. Did you feel any additional exhaustion after wrapping beyond the typical ‘I just finished shooting a movie and I’m tired’ type of feeling?
A: Like a psyche crisis, yeah. It’s emotional and physical. It was a five-week shoot that was really, really intense. But I don’t see this film as dark or very depressing. It’s weirdly uplifting. You want to sort of ‘carpe diem,’ seize the day, seize the moment, and really enjoy life, because what matters most is love. It sounds kind of cheesy, but it’s true.