Saturday, December 18, 2010
Movie Review of The Five Senses (1999)
He who is unable to guard his five senses of eyes, ears, nose, tongue and body, and becomes tempted by his surroundings, is not the one who can train for Enlightenment. He who firmly guards the gateways of his five senses and keeps his mind under control is the one who can successfully train for Enlightenment.
This movie has five different connected stories, each featuring a different sense. A massage therapist (touch); her voyeuristic daughter Rachel (sight); Rona, a cake decorator (taste); Richard, an optometrist who is going deaf (hearing); and a housecleaner who works for perfume inventors (smell). Rachel loses sight of a little girl she is supervising in the park. Richard, who is separated from his wife and withdrawn from society, tries to collect precious sounds before he goes deaf but learns to reconnect from a unexpected person . Rona has an opportunity for love but has lost her taste for love as well as cake. Her mistrustful attitude has karmic consequences.