Started in 2007 to keep a track of gay films that I watched, this blog has come much further than I had planned. There are tons of movies that I need to watch and review here. Through this blog, I want to give you genuine, my personal heart-felt review of the films that I see. These are my personal thoughts and opinions about the films and I would love to hear your thoughts on these films as well. I always reply to comments in a day or two. Please help me make my blog more popular by becoming a member, following it and by recommending it to your friends. As far as I know this is one of the very very few gay movie review blogs where reviews are not linked or copy-paste imdb summary. Enjoy and do keep writing your feedback.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Five Senses (Canada)

The five senses is a truly lovely film. It takes a look into the lives of several people, most of whom are somehow the embodiment of a sense. Yet the fact that they are so involved in a particular sense prevents them from experiencing life fully.

The story that glues all five senses concerns the disappearance of a 4-year-old girl, Amy Lee. One day at the massage therapist, Ruth, Anna finds that Amy Lee is bored. Ruth asks her very reluctant teenage daughter, Rachel, to take Amy Lee to the park across the street to play. Rachel's attention gets diverted and Amy Lee goes missing. Now lets talk about the 5 senses and the people who get interconnected through these. Sight is embodied in Rona, a young woman who bakes designer cakes. The cakes are visually stunning, but she has very little regard to how they taste. She just cares about external beauty. In contrast, Taste is embodied by her Italian lover Roberto whom she met on a trip and now she feels she cannot get rid of him. Rona is the last one who sees Rachael and Amy Lee together. Hearing is embodied in the bittersweet story of Dr. Richard who lives in the same building and is making a list of those sounds that he wants to listen to before his hearing goes ...
Gail, a paid "escort" and sympathetic person, helps him in his quest. Smell is personified by Robert, a fun guy, cleaner by profession and Rona's best friend. He is meeting all his ex's so that he can smell true love in maybe one of them. His quest ends when the wife of one of the couple he works for gives him a perfume as a gift knowing that Robert has a crush on her husband. They all 3 end up in bed together. Touch is Ruth, a massage therapist who seems to use her practice to regain the intimacy she once had with her now deceased husband. Meanwhile Rachael and her friend Rupert use all their senses and try to discover who they truly are.

Te film was very interesting though culmination of Rona's and Roberto's story was a little weird. Everyone's acting was just superb. Its very difficult to say who was better. Clearly the only gay connection in this movie was for the cleaner but it still made me review this film here. The film also shows the struggles of people's lives and how some of us fight with loneliness.

A very well made film. (7/10)

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