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SIFF 2011 Movie Review: Perfect Sense

If nothing else, this film is thought-provoking, which is more than you can say of most films in this day and age. We see the world through the eyes of two people who come together - a chef at a fancy restaurant who specializes in seafood dishes and a scientist, an epidemiologist, who is searching for the reason behind a strange affliction that seems to be spreading across the country and around the world. There is just so much food for thought here, no pun intended, that even hours afterward I found myself mulling over the film. While the 'message' could be seen as being quite simplistic I don't think it is by any means obvious. One could see this film and take many different ideas away from it. It's a film about humanity, a film about loss, a film about handicaps, and a film about the end of the world as we know it. You could argue that it is a warning about the inhumanity of the human race, or of the environmental risk that we are putting ourselves in. It's a mystery, a love story, and a film about the determination to survive and even thrive. There are certainly choices and moments in the film that I disagree with - logistics that seem contrary to reality, thematic choices that break a sense of continuity, and a certain degree of absurdism that I think pulls the audience out of the film at one particular juncture. But in the end, here I am, still thinking about it, still asking questions of what the filmmakers intended, of what I made of it, and I suspect I'll still be thinking about it hours from now. That's a sign of a good film in my opinion. This film doesn't make perfect sense, but it will challenge the way you look at the world and how you use your senses. U.S. Distributor: IFC Films United Kingdom/Germany/Sweden/Denmark, 2011 (88 minutes) Director: David Mackenzie Cast: Ewan McGregor, Eva Green, Ewen Bremner, Stephen Dillane, Connie Nielsen Festival Screenings 9:15 PM Sat, May 21 Egyptian Theatre 4:30 PM Wed, May 25 Egyptian Theatre