Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
The wonder of this film is how Tom Tykwer captures the sense of smell visually. The odiferous setting of 18th Century France is captured with a sumptuous visual metaphor, somewhat reminiscent of Peter Greenaway’s “The Cook…”, but put to a very different purpose. The film has an almost magical realist quality – very detailed, striving for authenticity, with an impossible story. Ben Whishaw is fantastic as the central character Jean-Baptiste, and in the main the rest of the cast are nearly as good (for instance Alan Rickman) – with the exception of Dustin Hoffman who is inconsistent.