Perfect Sense is a post-apocalyptic heartbreaker

IFC Films has released a full trailer for Perfect Sense, an upcoming post-apocalyptic outbreak romance with a talented cast.

The film premiered earlier this year in the festival circuit to mixed reviews, but I suppose IFC sees something that will sell to mainstream audiences, as it will be bringing the film to US theaters next year.

The trailer doesn’t start out looking especially promising, but when the outbreak elements are made apparent, the clip teases a film that is violent, tense, and heatbreaking in its scope – while still romantic in its themes.

The teaser seems to have all the visceral qualities that made Contagion such a great outbreak film, which may be why IFC believes it will succeed. Still, at least IMHO, audiences rarely react well to films which contain really tense arguments between lovers, which this one looks like it will contain plenty of.

Interestingly enough, the official synopsis – unlike the trailer – seems to play down the romance between the leads:

“Susan, an epidemiologist, reemerges from an affair gone sour and encounters a peculiar patient – a truck driver who experienced a sudden, uncontrollable crying fit.

“Now he is calm, but he has lost his sense of smell. Susan soon learns there are hundreds of people across the globe beginning to suffer strange symptoms, affecting the emotions, then the senses.”

Perfect Sense is directed by David MacKenzie and stars Ewan McGregor, Eva Green, Connie Neilsen, Stephen Dillane, and Ewen Bremner. It is set for a limited theatrical release on February 3 , 2012.