Perfect Sense

Perfect Sense

David Mackenzie (2011)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Director David Mackenzie reteams with his Young Adam star Ewan McGregor for this sci-fi tale that's firmly grounded in everyday reality. McGregor plays a chef in an upmarket Glasgow restaurant who gets cute with Eva Green over a cigarette while grabbing a few minutes respite from work. The fact that her job as an epidemiologist has brought her into contact with a patient who has suddenly felt overcome with grief and then lost his sense of smell seems incidental at first. But as McGregor and Green's relationship develops, they too are hit by the mystery virus. After losing their own olfactory capabilities, the other senses then follow suit. Sadly, the central romance fails to convince as the two leads lack chemistry - despite their intimate scenes together - while the intrigue of how the disease impacts on both the lovers and the restaurant is simply too drawn out. And the fact that we know just how many senses we still have to get through before the end only accentuates the movie's weaknesses.


Premiere. A scientist who has always devoted herself to her work at the expense of her personal life falls in love with a chef. Their relationship develops as an epidemic sweeps the world, causing people to suffer unexplained emotional upheavals and lose their ability to smell and taste. Romantic drama, starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green.

Cast & Crew

Michael Ewan McGregor
Susan Eva Green
James Ewen Bremner
Boss Denis Lawson
Jenny Connie Nielsen
Stephen Stephen Dillane
Virologist Alastair Mackenzie (2)
Street performer Anamaria Marinca
Director David Mackenzie
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Arrow FilmsGuidance: Contains swearing, sex scenes and nudity.Available on: DVDReleased on: 7 Oct 2011