Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Perfect Sense

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A few months ago now, I was intrigued by the film trailer for Perfect Sense on YouTube, mainly because it stars Ewan McGregor and Eva Green. Hello. It's also directed by David Mackenzie who was responsible for one of my all time favourites (and another starring McGregor), Young Adam. Sold, I had to watch it immediately.

The trailer reveals next to nothing about the plot, but it's one of those films where you can't really spoil all that much by telling people about it anyway as shown in this concise tagline from IMDb; a chef and a scientist fall in love as an epidemic begins to rob people of their sensory perceptions. It's sort of a film you see to enjoy the experience, rather than to follow an amazing twisted story - though the story is excellent!

I thought it was brilliant, and if you haven't seen it then I recommend you do so. I hadn't really heard anything about it before stumbling upon the trailer, but I'm not sure whether it wasn't heavily promoted or whether I just had my head in the sand at the time of its release.

Regardless of whether you've seen it yet or not, the idea of completely losing your senses one by one is pretty frightening, and an interesting idea to consider. If it were inevitable that you would soon lose each sense, what would you want to experience before it were gone? I've made my own little list below (have alphabetised them so they may or may not be in the same order as in the film - spoilers are no fun) and would love to know what would make your sensory bucket list.

HEARING
  • Voices of all my loved ones. And maybe a recording of my own voice, too, since I don't get to hear what it "really" sounds like all that often. I probably wouldn't mind blocking out Wallace's early morning meows, but I'd definitely want to hear his purring
  • I'm fairly sure I would listen to as much Rufus Wainwright as my ears could absorb
  • I'm not really a classical music fan or anything but I'd want to attend something with a live orchestra. Ooh, like a concert of a film score? That would be perfect

SIGHT
  • Obviously people's faces, as many as possible
  • The night sky
  • I'd want to see as much art in person as I could - I'd, probably selfishly, want to see more art than I'd want to create my own
  • I'd want to see as much of the world as I could, which wouldn't really be possible if sticking to the film plot's time restraints. Thank goodness for my beloved Street View
  • If I did have enough time, I'd want to see New York, aurora borealis, and Guanabara Bay

SMELL
  • All kinds of foodie smells - bakeries and espresso and... ooh, frying bacon
  • Orange and sandalwood essential oil
  • Farm smells, beach smells
  • Dior Homme Sport

TASTE
  • The Marlborough salmon dish I had at Ortega recently - so good!
  • All the chocolate
  • I think I'd miss the taste of beverages more than the taste of food - so many beers, coffees, and milkshakes!

TOUCH
  • Obviously again, hugs and kisses and the like
  • Cuddles with Wallace, who is pretty much the softest fluffy cat I've ever met (also known as the most pampered)
  • Walking on sand and jumping in shallow waves
  • The feeling of taking off in an aeroplane, if that counts
Let me know what you think if you watch the film! And tell me what would make your list below.

5 comments:

laura fox gill said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That film looks terrifying--will definitely add it to my list. Fun way to review it too! you can probably tell I'm feeling broody 'cos most of the sensory experiences I thought of were related to babies (feeling a baby kick inside you, smelling baby skin...) but other than that I'd want to see some natural wonders--glaciers, mountains--which would make me less sad, as it'd be a reminder that humans aren't the be all and end all (assuming that if we all lost our senses we wouldn't last very long) x

Caitlin said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That movie sounds crazy, but I love the idea of a sensory bucket list. Also, LOVE the new design!

Krystal said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

thanks for the recommendation! i'm so out of the movie loop living where i do so any ideas are always appreciated!

Alice said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@KrystalIn that case I also highly recommend Take Shelter!

Teddi said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

this is quite a clever idea, & i like reading your favorites, or dreams. :)