The Five Senses
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The film follows the lives of the people who live in the same building as well as the people that are related to the missing child. Rona, the baker who turns out gorgeous cakes that have no taste and her Italian live-in boyfriend Roberto, an aspiring chef, represent taste. Richard, a French opthamalogist who is going deaf and Gail, a prostitute that he has hired to listen to music with him, explore sound and its absence. 16-year old Rachel is deeply alienated and confused. There are hints to sexual abuse when she was younger, she dropped out of school, and along with her newfound friend Rupert she explores voyeurism and gender roles, representing sight. Robert is a bisexual housecleaner who is desperate for "the right one," so much so that he meets with former lovers to sniff them, believing he has the ability to smell love. Ruth is a widowed masseuse and the mother of Rachel. She has the ability to use touch to soothe others but longs for comfort herself.
For me the most touching story was that of Richard. Having my life revolve around music I have often pondered what would happen if I began to lose my hearing. It is one of the most frightening things that I can think of.Read more ›
"The Five Senses," though it has a plot, is more of an emotional mood piece than a narrative-driven drama. Blessed with an outstanding ensemble cast, Podeswa is able to draw us in to the center of his world through the use of sensory imagery and deliberate, methodical pacing. In fact, one of the strongest themes running through the film is its examination of the part our senses play in defining our world and character. Podeswa understands that we have become desensitized to our senses. As a result, he uses this film to reconnect us to that crucial element of our beings. The quiet, hushed tone, the muted autumnal colors, the slowly moving camera, the haunting musical score all combine to create an atmosphere in which the audience can become conscious of every sight and sound that comes our way.Read more ›
Other films that weave separate stories together into one story: "Crash", "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her", "Magnolia", "The English Patient" (somewhat), "Vantage Point", "Love Actually" ... "The Hours" (also a book, as is "The English Patient"), "Evening" (book first) .....
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The Five Senses is your (mostly) typical indie urban drama with intersecting lives and stories. The vibe is very late nineties and overall it is nicely done in terms of acting and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by rbrogan3
I'm sorry, this movie is a disjointed disaster. It certainly doesn't live up to the hype nor its premise--supposedly some exploration of the five senses. Read morePublished 18 months ago by WKT
For sensitive viewers, very delicate film.
Not an action film but a film for feelings, nuances, instintcs.
For a rainy Saturday afternoon.
I liked this intelligent and thoughtful Canadian film a lot! You really get involved with the decent characters and the predicaments they face during a few days in Toronto. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Cuthbert J. Twiddle
I never get tired of watching this film. It is so beautiful and forces one to slow down. Some people find that boring, but I would probably find their shallowness boring. Read morePublished on January 2, 2013 by Transatlantique
"Nothing can cure the soul but the senses." Oscar Wilde
This unusual, engaging and sometimes provocative Canadian film, written and directed by Jeremy Podeswa, is a... Read more
Not a great movie. Not a five-star classic that I'm going to watch again and again. Not what I'd expect to win all the awards it has. But it's good. Read morePublished on August 31, 2008
THE FIVE SENSES is a film metaphor, a study of people all interconnected in a Canadian city whose characters are representative of the Five Senses; touch, smell, vision, hearing,... Read morePublished on December 17, 2004 by Grady Harp