The Five Senses review

The premise is intriguing: five interweaving stories about Toronto residents, in which each individual is associated with a particular sense. Widowed massage therapist Gabrielle Rose has lost the ability to truly touch. An eye doctor is losing his hearing and builds a library of sounds. A cake decorator (Parker) struggles to taste her creations. A cleaner (MacIvor) thinks he can detect the smell of love. And a young girl becomes a voyeur...

This is a warm-hearted film about the universal desire for intimacy. Writer-director Jeremy Podeswa creates an atmosphere of slight unreality, through an autumnal colour scheme and imaginative use of interiors with operatic music. He also elicits some endearing performances from his international ensemble cast.


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