Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
Canada, 1999. Alliance Atlantis Communications, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, Canadian Television, Five Senses Productions, The Harold Greenberg Fund, The Movie Network, Téléfilm Canada. Screenplay by Jeremy Podeswa. Cinematography by Gregory Middleton. Produced by Camelia Frieberg, Jeremy Podeswa. Music by Alexina Louie, Alex Pauk. Production Design by Taavo Soodor. Costume Design by Gersha Phillips. Film Editing by Wiebke von Carolsfeld.
After a little girl runs away from a massage therapist’s office during her mother’s appointment, a group of disparate characters are affected and undergo their own emotional experiences throughout the ordeal of finding her. Each character is related to one of the five senses of the body, including the massage therapist (touch), an eye doctor who is going deaf (sight & sound), a pastry chef who can’t seem to get any flavour out of life (taste) and a sexually adventurous cleaner who is looking for the smell of love (smell, obviously–actually, they’re all obvious). An ensemble of talented actors do a fantastic job of bringing Jeremy Podeswa’s personalities to life, but the pretentious pacing is a bit much and never particularly justified. Mary-Louise Parker is solid as the pastry chef, with Marco Leonardi adding a lot of verve as her Italian lover.
Toronto International Film Festival: 1999