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 dif…(read more)ferent 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.

Rating: 4/5

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~ by Doug Newdick on November 3, 2007.

One Response to “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)”

  1. i much prefer the book to the movie. that said, i do admit that the movie is good in its own right. 🙂

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