6 febbraio 2012

Perfect Sense and sensory perceptions (the movie Perfect Sense)

Trailer "Perfect Sense"

Perfect Sense, formerly known as The Last Word, is a 2011 drama film directed by David Mackenzie and written by Kim Fupz Aakeson, starring Eva Green and Ewan McGregor. Scenes were shot in various locations around Glasgow. The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Reviews for Perfect Sense have been mixed. Rotten Tomatoes has the film ranked at 50%. Tirdad Derakhshani of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote in his review, "The film loses its charm with annoying sequences that have a narrator explain to us 'The Meaning of it All' and then tell us "What Really Matters" in life: Love. Love. Love."

David Mackenzie is the smart and interesting director who made Young Adam. His LA satire Spread was an underrated film I enjoyed a lot. But he really has been showing us some baffling stuff recently and this movie, about two people finding love as the world comes to an end, is sublimely and uncompromisingly daft. Ewan McGregor is on complacent form playing a sexy chef called Michael, and Eva Green is Susan, a preposterous medical scientist. They fall for each other, just as everyone in the world succumbs to a global virus that, among other bizarre symptoms, causes them to lose their sensory perceptions. One of the symptoms is frantic hunger. Another is ferocious rage. The results look worryingly like the food-poisoning scenes in the Zucker/Abrahams classic Airplane!, when the symptoms turn out to be severe muscle spasms, followed by the inevitable drooling, and then uncontrollable flatulence. McGregor gobbles frantically in his "hunger" scene, and when it comes to her "rage" moment, Green does a lot of paranoid gibbering before freaking well and truly out. That, frankly, is not one for the showreel.

Perfect Sense
Production year: 2011
Country: Rest of the world
Runtime: 90 mins
Directors: David MacKenzie
Cast: Connie Nielsen, Denis Lawson, Eva Green, Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Stephen Dillane

link: psiche e cinema (this blog)

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