One thing to be said about Perfect Sense is that while it was not what I expected (in a good way), it is an original and beautifully crafted film.
Starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green, the film follows scientist Susan (Green) working on finding a cure to a strange disease affecting the whole world. She meets Michael (McGregor), a talented chef working at a restaurant located below her apartment. The two of them seem to connect instantly on a level they haven’t been able to with other people before.
But with the entire world’s population affected by a strange disease that first depresses you then takes away your sense of smell, we are left wondering if this is only the beginning to the disease and at which point it will stop.
As the audience, we are told the story through Susan and Michael’s eyes. We see the evolution of the disease and how they experience this new world. It’s quite fascinating actually and will definitely make you think.
I was quite surprised by how the film was marketed versus what it actually is. From the trailer and official synopsis, you would be led to think it is a love story between Ewan McGregor and Eva Green’s characters. But that’s not really what it is at all, that’s only showing 50% of it. While the core of the story is about the love story, the film also is about this global pandemic and how people are affected by it.
Director David Mackenzie (Young Adam, Mister Foe) has crafted something beautiful here. He uses a very simple love story as the thread to guide us through something much more dramatic. Not only that, he translates parts of the disease using auditive and visual tools, which gives the viewer a sense of uneasiness and immersion into the world. It was quite hypnotizing, especially towards the end of the film.
Eva Green and Ewan McGregor both offer strong performances as their characters deal with the effects of the disease. It was a pleasure to watch them interact and go through a large spectrum of emotions.
Perfect Sense will make you think, but will also make you smile with its beautiful love story. There is a slow build but I wasn’t bored for one second. I absolutely recommend that you check it out, especially if the premise sounds like something you might enjoy. And if you’re not a fan of love stories, not to worry, it is definitely not your typical romance, but much more.
I enjoyed Perfect Sense from beginning to finish, and I hope you will give it a chance too.
Perfect Sense is currently available on VOD (you can rent it on Amazon and other On-Demand services) and opens in New York at IFC Center today.