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Through taste touch sight hearing and smell secret lives of five troubled characters unfold until each is drawn out of their protective shell into a world that re-ignites the passion in their souls. Starring Mary-Louise Parker (Fried Green Tomatoes)Running Time: 96 min.System Requirements:Running Time 96 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: DRAMA Rating: R UPC: 794043515729
Though set in Toronto and directed by Canadian Jeremy Podeswa, The Five Senses evokes the emotional geography of Krzysztof Kieslowski's Trois Couleurs trilogy. Mightn't the senses do as well as colors to signal a chance-driven world where urban isolates miss and make connections in gloomy corridors and apartments, overcast parks, rainy streets, half-finished constructions? But Podeswa's almost aimless cutting among a clutch of apartment dwellers (each identified with smell, sight, taste, hearing, or touch) is more like a warm bath in easy solutions (or sad songs) than a bracing glimpse into the human condition. A masseuse named Seraph (Gabrielle Rose, The Sweet Hereafter's bus driver) ministers to a weeping boy unable to recall when he was last touched, but she can't reach out to her own daughter (Nadia Litz), a self-loathing teen with a taste for voyeurism. Down the hall, a music-loving ophthalmologist (Philippe Volter) sinks deeper into loneliness as he begins to go deaf. Upstairs, Rona (Mary-Louise Parker), who designs gorgeous but inedible cakes, is unable to quite trust the joyously sensual appetite of her Italian-chef boyfriend. Searching for true love by smell, Rona's bisexual friend Robert (Daniel MacIvor) discovers passing pleasure in a designer perfume with the power to conjure an unexpected liaison. If this were The Sweet Hereafter, the fate of the little girl who goes missing at the start of Podeswa's film might shadow these "sensualists" into radical transformation, perhaps even parole them from the prison of self. But The Five Senses never gets that far under the skin. Still, there is something pleasantly hypnotic, even liberating, about the way Podeswa drifts lightly over surfaces, never getting caught in the net of narrative. --Kathleen Murphy
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 14 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 18 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
It seems that year after year, Canadian cimena becomes the more soulfull in the world. Films like Egoyan's "Exotica" and "Sweet Hereafter" have been aclaimed world wide, but this... Read morePublished on February 19, 2002 by A. T. A. Oliveira