In my previous post about food films, I went on for probably too many paragraphs about what I didn’t like about the portrayal of food and the food industry in films. So, I thought to be fair, I’d revisit a few food films that I previously had written off to see if I had overlooked any redeeming qualities.
'Perfect Sense' - 2011 (4 of 4)
The film "Perfect Sense" poses the interesting question of what would the dining experience be like in a world with no sense of taste. In this film, an unknown epidemic is spreading, which causes people to lose their senses. It starts with their sense of smell and soon progresses to taste.
Ewan McGregor plays a chef who chooses not to give up hope and resolves to continue on with his restaurant.
There's a great scene when people start to lose their sense of taste and in a panic begin devouring anything and everything they can get their hands on, which is probably what I would do in that situation. One scene of someone drinking olive oil brought back vivid memories of the first time I had a miracle berry and drank olive brine. I kid you not, it tasted like orange juice.
Later in the film, McGregor's character is shown in his kitchen sampling foods with different textures, temperatures and mouth feel. He then successfully incorporates these sensations into his cooking, once again drawing customers to his restaurant. Seeing that, I wondered if chef Grant Achatz did something similar when he started to lose his sense of taste due to cancer.