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Review: Perfect Sense

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Hopefully I didn't miss another already existing thread, but I got no hits at all on the title in this section of the forum...

I just watched this, and I have to say that this is a truly profound movie. I'm not sure I've ever used that word to describe a movie before, though maybe some might have deserved it. But this one deserves it.

It's a story that's been done before, and done well, of an epidemic sweeping the world with extreme consequences and how civilization copes or fails to. I watched Contagion a while back, and was blown away by it. It's a powerful piece of work. If Contagion is the left brain version of that story, then this movie is the right brain version perhaps. Whereas Contagion was quite technical (for a movie) and well based in scientific fact, this movie is almost the fable version. I don't know if the writer intended it to be allegorical, but it could well be.

I don't want to give too much away, since I think it would diminish the impact for those who haven't seen it, but I highly recommend it. Maybe I'm the last person to see it, and just no one has bothered to comment, but if you haven't seen it, do so, when you are in the mood for something emotionally impactful. It delivers quite a punch. It has an incredible atmosphere, a sort of floating spirituality that permeates the whole thing, despite the fact that some of it is very dark and frightening for anyone with imagination. And because of the way the disease affects people, there's a powerful sense of pathos to seeing them try to cope.

You know what it reminds me of, in terms of mood, is von Trier's Melancholia. It's not quite as abstract as that, but it has a similar feeling to me, and it also deals with a global disaster in the same sort of way, at the human level.

There are some other, less lofty, reasons some people who are fans of Eva Green might want to see it, but I feel kind of dirty even mentioning it after such an experience.
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I re-watched this one tonight, and wow. Second time around it still ran over me like a truck. Can't recommend it enough.
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There are some other, less lofty, reasons some people who are fans of Eva Green might want to see it, but I feel kind of dirty even mentioning it after such an experience.

Sold! Adding it to the queue. tongue.gif
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I re-watched this one tonight, and wow. Second time around it still ran over me like a truck. Can't recommend it enough.

Yeah, same here. I thoroughly enjoyed it the first time, but the second viewing was much better, as I understood what was happening along the way and allowed myself to feel it and drink it in without thinking. The impact was really visceral and deeply emotional. It does make you think a lot about what it means to connect with another person and how we interact with the world around us. It does that without being cloying or manipulative, which is what Steven Spielberg would have done if he had directed it. This is from the "show, don't tell" and let the viewers experience emotions organically school of film making, and it works beautifully.

I will note that before this film I had seen Eva Green in just two films: Casino Royale and The Dreamers. It was in Perfect Sense that I learned that she is a terrific and compelling actress. Ewan McGregor does a great job as usual, and he is such a charismatic and likable guy anyway that I can watch him in nearly anything (except Eye of the Beholder, one of the worst films I've ever seen in my life, and one I will never watch, Moulin Rouge -- I usually detest form over substance, especially when it's MTV style quick cut editing on steroids).

I'm going to keep my eye out on director David Mackenzie.
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