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Plot, Details & Awards

The Five Senses

Rated R for sexuality and language.

R In Theaters 07/21/2000 , 105min.
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Plot & Details

Five characters serve as metaphors for the five senses in this drama about human relationships from Canadian filmmaker Jeremy Podeswa. Ruth (Gabrielle Rose) works as a massage therapist; one day while giving a rubdown to Anna (Molly Parker), Ruth's teenage daughter Rachel (Nadia Litz) takes Anna's toddler daughter for a stroll in the park. However, Rachel loses track of the child and she's soon lost. While searching for her, Rachel meets Rupert (Brendan Fletcher), a voyeur who teaches her about the pleasures of observing others. Meanwhile, Robert (Daniel MacIvor) is a professional house cleaner with an unusually keen sense of smell. Convinced he can smell love, he starts to set up meetings with all of his former lovers to see if he can sniff out any feelings for him -- and, if not, find out why they stopped caring for him. Robert's friend Rona (Mary-Louise Parker) works as a baker but has no sense of taste, a severe occupational hazard. She also has romantic problems, thanks to the arrival of Roberto (Marco Leonardi), a man she met on a recent vacation in Italy. Finally, Richard (Philippe Volter) is an eye doctor who is losing his hearing. While this situation has left him horribly depressed, he meets a woman who helps him feel better about life.

Genie Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1999 Genie Awards Best Art Direction Darryl Dennis Deegan Nominated
1999 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing Garret Kerr Nominated
1999 Genie Awards Best Actor Daniel MacIvor Nominated
1999 Genie Awards Best Original Screenplay Jeremy Podeswa Nominated
1999 Genie Awards Best Sound Philip Norman Stall Nominated
1999 Genie Awards Best Picture Nominated
1999 Genie Awards Best Director Jeremy Podeswa Won
1999 Genie Awards Best Art Direction Taavo Soodor Nominated
1999 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing E. Angie Pajek Nominated
1999 Genie Awards Best Cinematography Gregory Middleton Nominated
1999 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing Janice Ierulli Nominated
1999 Genie Awards Best Art Direction Erica Milo Nominated
1999 Genie Awards Best Actress Mary-Louise Parker Nominated
1999 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing Terry Burke Nominated
1999 Genie Awards Best Sound Lou Solakofski Nominated
1999 Genie Awards Best Sound Editing Ed Douglas Nominated
1999 Genie Awards Best Sound Martin Lee Nominated

Seattle International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Seattle International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

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