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The Five Senses

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The Five Senses, movie, image,
Shot in colour, this is a black & white publicity still for The Five Senses courtesy of Alliance Films.

106 minutes – Drama
Festival release date: May 18, 1999 (Cannes Film Festival), September 10, 1999 (TIFF)
U.S. release date: July 14, 2000
Canadian distributor: Alliance Films
U.S. distributor: Fine Line Features

Taking place over the span of three days, five characters who live and/or work in the same building engage in personal crisises. The interconnected stories examine situations involving the five senses. Touch, for example, is represented by a massage therapist (Gabrielle Rose) who is treating a woman (Molly Parker), while her older daughter (Nadia Litz) accidentally loses her younger pre-school daughter in the park. The older daughter meets a voyeur (Brendan Fletcher) (vision), a professional house-cleaner (Daniel MacIvor) who has an acute sense of smell, a cake maker who has lost her sense of taste, and an older man (Phillippe Volter) who is losing his hearing. During the course of the film each of these characters discovers an essential clue to his or her own true desire. The Five Senses was a hit at both the Cannes Film Festival and at the 1999 Toronto International Film Festival. Jeremy Podeswa was given the Genie Award for Best Director in January 2000.

Also see: A review of The Five Senses



The Five SensesThe Five Senses
Crew:
Producer:Camelia Frieberg
Jeremy Podeswa
Director:

Jeremy Podeswa

Screenwriter:

Jeremy Podeswa

Cinematographer:

Gregory Middleton

Editor:

Wiebke Von Carolsfeld

Composer:

Alexina Louie
Alex Pauk

Cast:Roles:

Mary-Louise Parker
Pascale Bussières
Richard Clarkin
Brendan Fletcher
Daniel MacIvor
Molly Parker
Gabrielle Rose
Philippe Volter
Nadia Litz
Paul Soles
Paul Bettis
Tracy Wright
Amanda Soha
Glen Peloso
Gavin Crawford

Rona
Gail
Raymond
Rupert
Robert
Anna Miller
Ruth
Richard
Rachel
Mr. Bernstein
Richard`s Doctor
Alex
Sylvie
Park Cruiser
Airport Clerk