The Five Senses

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The Five Senses
The Five Senses FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Jeremy Podeswa
Produced by Camelia Frieberg
Jeremy Podeswa
Written by Jeremy Podeswa
Starring Mary-Louise Parker
Pascale Bussières
Brendan Fletcher
Richard Clarkin
Music by Alexina Louie
Alex Pauk
Cinematography Gregory Middleton
Edited by Wiebke Von Carolsfeld
Release date(s) May 18, 1999 (Cannes Film Festival)
September 10, 1999 (Toronto Film Festival)
Running time 106 minutes
Country Canada
Language English/French/Italian

The Five Senses is a 1999 Canadian drama film directed, written and produced by Jeremy Podeswa.

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The Five Senses is about interconnected stories linked by a building which examine situations involving the five senses. Touch is represented by Ruth Seraph, a massage therapist who is treating Anna Miller. Ruth's daughter Rachel accidentally loses Anna's pre-school daughter, Amy Lee, in the park, when Rachel is distracted by the sight of a couple making love in the woods. Rachel meets a voyeur named Rupert (vision), and they become friends as fellow outsiders while he teaches her the pleasure of observing others. They eventually go to one of Rachel's hiding places, where she has him dress in a woman's wig.

Meanwhile, Ruth tries to help Anna cope with the disappearance of Amy Lee and stays the night at her home. Robert, a professional housecleaner, has an acute sense of smell, and seeks out the people he used to see to absorb their scents and see if he can smell any feeling for him or why they stopped caring for him. His professional clients include his friends Raymond and Rebecca, who makes perfume. Robert's friend Rona, a cake maker, has lost her sense of taste, and has romantic problems after Roberto, whom she met on a vacation in Italy, arrives. Dr. Richard Jacob, an older optometrist, is losing his hearing and wants to remember all the sounds before he goes deaf. He had separated from his wife Sylvie, but later connects to a woman named Gail (Pascale Bussières) who helps him to cope and feel better about himself. In the end, Amy Lee is found, and Ruth and Rachel are reconciled.

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