What I've Been Watching: The Catch-All Film Thread
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October 5th, 2008, 06:09
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
This one is hard to describe. It's a bio-pic based on Patrick Süskind's famous novel about a murderer in 17xx France, who had no moral education. His one outstanding feature defines his life: He has a "perfect nose", for lack of a better word, like a few gifted musicians have the absolute pitch. He strives to find, collect and conserve the perfect odor, which he finds on young women …
This movie is beautifully shot. Camera work, sound and acting (Ben Wishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman and a bunch of quite well-known young women as victims) are top notch. What it lacks though is suspense in the first half. Only in the 2nd half, when he really goes on a (off-screen) killing spree and the authorities try to stop him, it works as some sort of mainstream movie. The first hour is interesting because you never know what Grenouille will do, simply because he has no moral foundation for his actions. The storytelling is light-weight and sometimes even laconic. What's absolutely fascinating, and never before seen on screen in such a subtle way, is how the director (Tom Tykwer; Run, Lola, Run) successfully tries to make smell visible without aggressive use of special effects. The last 10 minutes are also very surprising, not to say almost surreal.
No rating. IMDB gives it 7.5/10 after 34,571 votes.
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