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Senses is a feature-length portmanteau film divided into five parts. Each part is named after its story's protagonist, is written and directed by a different person, and set in a different part of the world.
The stories are not exactly related to one another except through their thematic link to one of the five senses. Each story is very different in terms of narrative, tone, and adopted approach to its theme, crossing genre boundaries to give Senses a broad and rich appeal.
Part One: Anna
Anna, a cellist in her 20's, arrives at a remote church by the coast to stay with Helen, an old friend of the family who now lives with reclusive retired music conductor, Rashid. While there, Anna learns that Rashid is afflicted by a mysterious malady which forces him to hear human suffering as it occurs throughout the world. A malady with which she herself will come to be afflicted.
Part Two: Jerry
Jerry Sitzer is a native New Yorker who has a pre-occupation with underwear. Musing over his life, Jerry sorts through his neuroses, memories, and guilt on a quest to find true love after yet another failed relationship.
Part Three: Arthur
Arthur Stone is a freelance paparazzo, addled by a worsening amphetemine addiction and consumed by bitterness and disillusion. When he snaps a shot of what he thinks may be the clue to a murder and threatening notes begin to appear, his life and mind begin to derail, forcing him ultimately to confront his own values and double-standards, as well as the supposed infallibility of the recorded image.
Part Four: Zoe
When Zoe decided to go visit her friend and ex-lover Claude in Paris, she discovers that he now lives as a transvestite in a commune dedicated to the pleasures of food and flesh. At first drawn to the sense of free abandon inside the House, as the night wears on, she realises that there is still hope of finding that unique spice which could make sense of her life.
Part Five: Anais
Their marriage on the verge of collapse, Anais and Moncho journey to San Pedro on the edge of the Attacama Desert to meet a shaman named Abuelo Peto. He introduces them to the San Pedro cactus, a hallucinogenic plant that he says will help them understand their problems and each other better. Together they begin a journey that they hope will save their relationship, but with almost tragic consequences.


Type of film
Running Time
110 mins
Beta SP
Coke Ayala, Naruna Kaplan de Macedo, John Marsala, Norma Nebot, Jamie Palmer
Lisa Marie Russo, Rebecca O' Brien, Ben Gibson
Coke Ayala, Naruna Kaplan de Macedo, John Marsala, Norma Nebot, Jamie Palmer
Director of Photography
Nathaniel Aron, Andres Garces
Principal Cast
Vanessa Earl, Bryonie Pritchard, Craig Zisel, James G. McCaffrey, Dominic Letts, Jo Martin, Mahri Steenbock, Walter Dickerson, Sole Villavicencio, Ignacio Hurtado

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Last updated 7th September 2006

Production Company

The London Film School
24 Shelton Street
London WC2H 9UB

T+44 (0)20 7836 9642
F +44 (0)20 7497 3718


The London Film School
24 Shelton Street
London WC2H 9UB

T+44 (0)20 7836 9642
F+44 (0)20 7497 3718