Perfect Sense

February 3rd 2012
  • Drama/Sci-Fi,
  • Unrated,
  • 92 min,
  • IFC Releasing
  • Cast: Eva Green, Ewan McGregor, Connie Nielsen, Stephen Dillane, Ewen Bremner, Denis Lawson, Alastair Mackenzie, Liz Strange, James Watson, Richard Mack, Shabana Akhtar Bakhsh, Caroline Paterson, Adam Smith, Malcolm Shields, Duncan Airlie James
  • Director: David Mackenzie
  • Writer: Kim Fupz Aakeson
  • Producers: Gillian Berrie, Malte Grunert
  • Co Producers: Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Tristan Lynch
  • Associate Producer: Brian Coffey
  • Art Direction: Andy Thomson
  • Casting: Shaheen Baig
  • Costume Design: Trisha Biggar
  • D.O.P.: Giles Nuttgens
  • Editor: Jake Roberts
  • Makeup: Donald McInnes
  • Music: Max Richter
  • Production Design: Tom Sayer


When Susan (Eva Green), an epidemiologist, reemerges from an affair gone sour, she encounters a peculiar patient—a Glasgow truck driver who experienced a sudden, uncontrollable crying fit. Now he is calm, but he has lost his sense of smell.

Susan learns there are 11 cases like him in Glasgow, 7 in Aberdeen, 5 in Dundee, and 18 in Edinburgh. In fact, Great Britain has 100 cases, with additional ones reported in France, Belgium, Italy, and Spain, and they all appeared in the last 24 hours.

Although Susan's encounter with Michael (Ewan McGregor), a local restaurant chef, holds the promise of new love, the world is about to change dramatically. People across the globe begin to suffer strange symptoms, affecting the emotions, then the senses.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Glasgow, Scotland
  • Production Companies: Sigma Films, Film i Väst, Subotica Entertainment, Zentropa Entertainments
  • Production Schedule: 24 August 2009 - 17 October 2009

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2012 Guide Analysis: "Shot in Glasgow and formerly titled "The Last Word", this British-German co-production comes from Scottish helmer David Mackenzie who previously worked with Ewan on 2003's provocative affair drama "Young Adam". The bleak emotional dramatic tone is maintained here but given an urban setting and sprinkled with a dash of sci-fi.

Award-winning Danish scribe Kim Fupz Aakeson ("Little Soldier," "Hannibal & Jerry") penned the script which deals with a couple falling in love as the world falls victim to a pandemic that causes people to slowly lose their sensory perception. The central idea is a provocative one and taps into a common fear quite well, however MacKenzie keeps the focus on the personal rather than the wider scale of the disaster.

The film premiered at Sundance last year with a decent response, more regular critics in the UK however were much more down on the film. Reviews called it daft, silly and far too earnest with no chemistry between the leads, moments of embarrassing overacting, and a "love is everything" message forced down your throat as clumsily as it was in "Moulin Rouge". The fact that it didn't go theatrical States-side last year and is being quietly shuffled out in early February doesn't bode well."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 26 August 2011: Turkey
  • 15 September 2011: Greece
  • 29 September 2011: Hungary
  • 7 October 2011: Ireland, UK
  • 24 November 2011: Russia
  • 8 December 2011: Germany
  • 7 January 2012: Japan
  • 19 January 2012: Netherlands
  • 28 March 2012: Belgium, France