|Fine Line Features | Release Date: July 14, 2000||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Thoughtfulness and artistry ...raise this small, quiet picture to moments of pure epiphany.
It's a lovely film that suffers from an overdetermined structure and a reliance on a sensationalized plot line that, quixotically, is ignored for long periods of time.
A deft, elegant, melancholy tapestry of flawed outreach, and the big reason it succeeds is Podeswa's courage in dispensing with a lot of exposition and trusting the audience - and the faces of the actors - to fill a lot of what otherwise would be gaps.
The five stories in The Five Senses flawlessly and even artfully create a unified mood.
Pseudo art can be fun, though, even if it doesn't quite awaken all your senses.
Beautifully performed and filmed, but tiresomely schematic episodes like this one cause us to experience major sensory deprivation.
Particularly anticlimactic - the film itself seems sprung from molting yuppie catalogs.
It manages just to be pleasant.
There's less here than meets the eye, not to mention the ear, nose, tongue and fingertip.
Fake-sounding dialogue, some over-deliberate performances and five amazingly trite linked stories.
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