Thanks to Aima for the heads-up.
Eva Green feels she doesn’t work “as much as [she] should”.
The 31-year-old French actress is famed for roles in movies such as 2006 James Bond picture Casino Royale.
Eva, who is currently promoting romantic drama Perfect Sense, admits her parts in films are rather sporadic because she has to feel passionate about a picture before signing on.
“I’m very picky, I love falling in love with things,” she told Total Film.
“That’s why maybe I don’t work as much as I should.
“I need to really be drawn to the character and like the director.”
Eva was attracted to Perfect Sense, which also stars Ewan McGregor, because it was so innovative. It tells the story of a chef and a scientist who fall in love as an epidemic stealing people’s sensory perceptions begins to spread.
“It’s very well written, very brave and very biting. I love the black sense of humour and I think the love story is very powerful,” she enthused.
After directing the likes of Hallam Foe and Young Adam, director David Mackenzie returns with an ambitious film about a global apocalypse, seen mostly through the eyes of a budding couple, played by Ewan McGregor (here reteaming with Mackenzie) and Eva Green.
On an ordinary day reports start to flood in from all over the world of people losing their sense of smell. The government can’t seem to locate the cause (Water supply? Toxin? Environmental issue? No one seems to know.) and despite telling everyone that the “virus” is not contagious they can’t be certain. More and more people get infected and eventual the world starts to return to at least some form of normality. However, just as the world has gotten used to a life without smell another sense is lost… and then another and then another…
With a big help from Max Richter’s wonderfully bleak score, Mackenzie manages very skilfully to convey a simultaneous sense (no pun intended) of both hopefulness and hopelessness. That may sound strange but just in the same way as films such as John Hillcoat’s The Road or Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men, Perfect Sense gets you to feel fear that everything isn’t going to be all right but at a same time a strong hope that it might.
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Essentially, Perfect Sense is a romantic love story set against an apocalyptic backdrop. It tells of how a chef, Michael (Ewan McGregor ), and a scientist, Susan (Eva Green ), fall in love as an epidemic begins to rob people of their sensory perceptions.
Kim Fupz Aakeson’s cunningly written screenplay imagines a world in which the inhabitants slowly lose their senses, one by one. The apocalypse is refreshingly personal and, to an extent, psychological. Whilst we are made aware – through cleverly placed and constructed newsreel-style footage – that the epidemic is happening globally, Perfect Sense chooses to focus on a handful of characters rather than the world at large. The most important of these are Michael and Susan, who are drawn together as their lives descend into chaos.
The storytelling style, though an enthralling rollercoaster of emotional highs and lows, is deliberately restrained, with Mackenzie cleverly approaching the material in a subdued, intimate and character-centric way – immediately setting Perfect Sense apart from other films of its nature. For the dark subject matter it’s also surprisingly optimistic: after each sensory loss, those affected look to find a way of coping by returning to some form of normality.
Sci-fi romance Perfect Sense is to be released in UK cinemas by Arrow Films on October 7, following this weekend’s European premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Perfect Sense stars Ewan McGregor, Eva Green (Casino Royale, The Golden Compass, TV series Camelot), Connie Nielsen (Gladiator), Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting, Snatch) and Stephen Dillane (44 Inch Chest).
It’s directed by British filmmaker David Mackenzie (Spread, Young Adam, Hallam Foe) and written by Kim Fupz Aakeson (To Love Someone, Pure Hearts),
McGregor plays Michael, head chef at a Glasgow restaurant, and Eva Green is Susan, an epidemiologist who is hearing reports across the world of people inexplicably losing their five senses one by one.
Perfect Sense will be premiering tomorrow at the Edinburgh Film Festival and there will be an additional showing on Sunday. Check out www.edfilmfest.org.uk for more information including tickets, venues and more.
David McKenzie’s Glasgow-set tale of love in a time of apocalypse sees a welcome reteaming of Young Adam’s (EIFF 2003) director and star. Ewan McGregor is Michael, head chef at a swanky restaurant, and Eva Green the aloof epidemiologist who catches his eye, and who is hearing reports across Scotland (and the world) of people whose emotions are running wild – just before they lose their sense of smell. Then another sense fails … A timely tale indeed – of undeniable, and, ultimately, devastating power.
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Scans > Harper’s Bazaar (UK) – June 2011, thanks to Lorna
Elegant Eva Green sat down with Cinematical during Sundance to discuss her new movie ‘Perfect Sense,’ an intense love story with a sci-fi bent. Green plays Susan, a successful epidemiologist who’s falling in love with a caddish chef named Michael (Ewan McGregor) just as a bizarre disease begins spreading around the world. Known for her star turns in movies like Bernardo Bertolucci’s ‘The Dreamers,’ ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ and ‘Casino Royale,’ Green’s intensity and intelligence is matched perfectly with McGregor in David Mackenzie’s affecting Sundance standout.
Cinematical: In researching your career in ‘Perfect Sense’ as an epidemiologist, did you learn anything that you didn’t want to know?
Eva Green: I went to a biologist’s office and the lab … She started talking about all the viruses around and it was so complicated and I was really bad in biology in school, so I didn’t understand everything, but what was amazing was the sense of humor that they have. They joke about death and diseases all the time, and it’s kind of [a] very dry sense of humor, and that was very interesting.
“Perfect Sense” sold to IFC early on Wednesday morning , the second WME Global sale of the day, TheWrap ahs learned. That sale came on the heels of “Another Earth,” which sold to Fox Searchlight.
At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, we at ScreenCrave have been making a big deal out of Kevin Smith’s Red State for the last few days, because it’s been the hottest ticket, carried the most controversy, and frankly, been most exciting movie so far. But with the premier of David Mackenzie’s Perfect Sense, it is without a doubt that we’ve seen the best, most effective and affecting movie of the festival. The film is a romantic/sci-fi/horror film which stars Ewan McGregor and Eva Green. It is graceful, tender, heartbreaking, and terrifying. It is also a movie with a very organic flow, with plot reveals that are best left as a surprise. But it is impossible to discuss the emotional weight this film carries without getting into some of these finer points. So the following review contains a few mild *SPOILERS* with regard to the story, so please be warned. Check out the rest of the review after the jump…
In the Starz original series Camelot, premiering on April 1st, French actress Eva Green plays Morgan, the beautiful and ruthlessly ambitious daughter of King Uther, who wishes to claim her right to her father’s throne. However, she has not counted on Merlin’s (Joseph Fiennes) plans or the existence of Arthur (Jamie Campbell Bower), her newly revealed half brother. In her pursuit of power and her willingness to do absolutely anything to take the throne that she believes is rightfully hers, Morgan gives herself over to dark forces that threaten the court of Camelot from within.
In a recent interview to promote this new epic series, Eva Green talked about stepping into the role of such an iconic character, working with both Joseph Fiennes and Jamie Campbell Bower, getting to shoot in Ireland, and the fantastic costumes she gets to wear. She also talked about her Sundance film, Perfect Sense, with Ewan McGregor, and the possibility that she will play opera star Maria Callas in the biopic, Callas. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
Question: What’s it like to step into the role of Morgan?
EVA GREEN: It’s a great character. It’s full of colors, and it’s a gift. At drama school, I always wanted to play dark characters, like Lady Macbeth and Cleopatra, so it was a dream. It’s not a clichéd role. She’s not evil. I see her more as damaged. She believes herself to be the rightful heir to the throne, but because she’s a woman, she’s denied the throne and she will do absolutely anything to get it back.