Premiering at Sundance on the 24th of January David Mackenzie’s Perfect Sense has flown a little under our radar here, but the release of a new image and complete synopsis has changed all that.

Reuniting Trainspotting alum Ewan McGregor and Ewen Bremner, Perfect Sense also stars Eva Green, Stephen Dillane, Denis Lawson and Connie Nielsen, and until now only a few details had emerged about the film’s narrative.

A newly released synopsis gives us a greater indication of what to expect and it reminded me a little of what we know of Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia – that of a world suddenly changed without any power to change its new, presumably disastrous, fate.

Here’s the full synopsis,

The story of two people who begin to fall in love as the world begins to fall apart.

Susan is a scientist. Michael is a chef. He takes a break from the kitchen heat in the alleyway below her apartment; she smokes a cigarette at the window above. He calls up for a light – the first spark in their passionate affair.

But the world is about to change dramatically. As love turns Susan and Michael’s lives upside down, people across the globe begin to experience
strange symptoms, which first affect the emotions then the senses, one by one.

Everything changes. But people laugh, they cry, they eat and drink, they go about their daily business. They adapt, they change, they cope, they live and they love – because life must go on. And so it does.

Here’s the new image, then a couple of previously published ones to complete the picture.

The Synopsis and new image came from BBC Films and the three other images came from Sweet on Sigma Films