Dark yet sentimental romance set in an apocalyptic world
David Mackenzie’s seventh feature is, superficially, his most disturbing yet. That’s saying something given the Scottish filmmaker introduced himself and his penchant for dark psychosexual drama with his grim and gritty adaptation of Alexander Trocchi’s Young Adam.
Set in near-future Glasgow, Perfect Sense is an apocalyptic romance. Against the backdrop of a terrifying global plague that’s stripping humankind of its senses one by one, it focuses on two people, Ewan McGregor’s chef and Eva Green’s scientist, who have been unable or unwilling to feel love, until they meet one another. The awful irony is that, just as these two loners begin to experience love, their ability to feel it is stripped away.
Pessimistic as that set-up might sound, Perfect Sense, scripted by Dane Kim Fupz Aakeson (In Your Hands), is a surprisingly optimistic film. Its ending is, depending on how you read it, either utterly depressing or gloriously exhilarating. But there’s no getting away from the central message – make hay while the sun shines – and if you see the film as metaphor for falling in love, then it’s positively sentimental. Who’d have thought that Mackenzie, making his most accomplished film to date, would do that?
Selected release from Fri 7 Oct.