When an Irish farmer dies, his sole heir Donal is left some land; but Donal hasn’t inherited much in terms of social skills. Despite the encouragement of his gobby best mate Karl, he finds it hard to talk to women, and in frustration turns, almost inevitably, to the Internet. He hooks up with Kiwi call-girl Kim, who harbours a business plan that would see her off her back and behind a desk, greeting punters at her own brothel. Donal’s newfound means might provide her with the money she needs, but what might Donal be getting out of the deal? And what demand is there for the services of prostitutes in rural Ireland, anyway?
"Sensation is a great Irish film, a well-acted, well-written and for all it’s darkness, at times surprisingly sweet comedy drama."
"Gleeson is terrific as the shy, awkward lad who blossoms into a ruthless exploiter of women, and he gets very strong support from Gordon. In what has been a very fine year for Irish film, Sensation is one of the bravest and hardest hitting offerings of the year."
"Flipping expectations -- and not being sheepish about it -- writer-helmer Tom Hall delivers a hot, droll delight with "Sensation," the story of an Irish farmer, a New Zealand call girl and their mutual enlightenment"