Wednesday, May 22, 2013

PCP on DVD - Perfect Sense

Continuing my habit of renting indie films on a whim sometimes when they catch my eye (like Attack the Block, amongst many others), this time I picked up Perfect Sense, an indie from the U.K. starring Ewan "Obi-wan Kenobi" McGregor and Eva "Bond Girl Vesper" Green.  Perfect Sense is a true indie film - low budget, no special effects, slow pacing, heavy on the drama, and a unique quirky premise.

Perfect Sense - 2011, rated R.  My rating:  7 out of 10.

Perfect Sense is a very unique love story, as it is a love story set in the midst of a chaotic global pandemic.  And this isn't an ordinary pandemic either, but a world changing event unlike anything ever captured on film.

Green is an epidemiologist trying to fight the pandemic, and McGregor is her love interest, a chef who she turns to for comfort as the world falls apart.  

And fall apart the world does, in stages.  The mysterious epidemic, that can't be identified or fought by scientists with any success, starts robbing people of their senses, one sense at a time.  The film shows what happens as people around the world lose their sense, how the people adapt to the new reality, and then how life goes on (if it can) after each sensory deprivation.  By the time the film progresses to where the characters lose their ability to hear, the film goes completely silent for the remainder of the film, immersing the viewer into the soundless world.

It is a very interesting, slow moving apocalypse, and at the center of the story is how the two characters turn towards each other more and more tightly to deal with the world as it falls apart around them, ultimately leaving them in a world where all they have is touching each other, the perfect sense of the title.

If you like quirky indie romantic films, then check this one out.  It is definitely interesting.  There aren't a lot of films like it, that's for sure.

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