Perfect Sense (15)

Starring: Eva Green, Ewan McGregor, Connie Nielsen

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Mackenzie reunites with Ewan McGregor but sadly can't relocate the unsettling strangeness of their first collaboration, Young Adam (2003).

This is sci-fi played as magic realism, set in Glasgow but with an eye on global apocalypse. McGregor plays a womanising chef who falls for Eva Green's epidemiologist just as the world succumbs to a mysterious virus: the sense of smell is the first to go, and then it gets worse... The film combines tremulous we-are-the-world preciosity with grotesque symptoms of the coming epidemic: the sight of Eva Green gobbling a bunch of gladioli isn't piteous so much as preposterous, and the slo-mo crying jags that afflict everyone are merely tiresome.

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