Sundance 2011: Trailer for PERFECT SENSE

by: Kate Erbland
January 19th, 2011

The next two minutes and thirty seconds will giddily provide you with more screaming, crying, and shoving than you may need for the rest of the year. You will also be treated to a fun lesson in opposites more appropriate for a third grader. But you will also get to watch all that happen with both Ewan McGregor and Eva Green on-screen. And that, my dear readers, is what I cannot get past with PERFECT SENSE. Well, that and the film's official synopsis.

At first glance, David Mackenzie's latest film (premiering later this week at Sundance) looks like the sort of overwrought romantic drama best suited for a night in with a bottle of wine and a tub of Ben & Jerry's. But the second you start thinking about the talent attached (I could watch Green's eyes for hours), and the moment you read that synopsis - well, I promise that everything is going to change for you. It did for me. After the break, check out the trailer, along with that teased synopsis. Intriguing, right?

Official synopsis:

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.

Director David Mackenzie returns to the Sundance Film Festival (Spreadplayed in 2009) with Perfect Sense, a magnetic romance/thriller that offers a deeply moving proposition about the way the human race might weather a global pandemic.

Uh, what? "Global pandemic"? Oh, wily trailer, you hinted at almost none of that. Which is a real shame, because that synopsis has me more than sold.

Source Movieline, Sundance

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