Sundance Review: 'Perfect Sense'

True speculative fiction usually starts with a "What if...?" question and the measure of the story's quality isn't necessarily in the quality of the question, so much as the commitment to answering the question in a way that feels literally, or at least emotionally, honest.
Written by Kim Fupz Aakeson and directed by David Mackenzie, the Sundance premiere "Perfect Sense" starts with what could be interpreted as a profoundly silly question.
"What," the movie asks, "would happen if all around the world, people suddenly and inexplicably started losing their sense of smell?"
It almost sounds like a joke, doesn't it? It's like somebody set out to do a parody of José Saramago's "Blindess," which would be a pointless effort, since Fernando Meirelles' 2008 adaptation of "Blindness" already played out like a parody of "Blindness."

Despite a thuddingly bad title -- What, "Senseless" and "Insensitive" were too on-the-nose? -- "Perfect Sense" makes an honest and often worthy attempt to do right by the story of how humanity-in-microcosm would handle a threat to our very senses. It's not quite a parable and it's not quite a realistic roadmap, but "Perfect Sense" is definitely a movie that takes its premise seriously and asks viewers to engage in its questions. Read More...


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