March 26, 2010

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Tom Tykwer, 2006)

WHAT IT IS: Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born destitute, has the most gifted olfactory sense ever bestowed on a human being. He yearns to learn how to distill all smells, including a woman's.

HOW IT IS: Twyker's Perfume is strange but mesmerizing, like a song you can't forget. It slowly creeps in, half serial killer movie, half meditation on life, talent and purpose. And although morally bound to despise Grenouille, one can't help to be swept by his passion, desire and ambition. Perfume is an experience, a visual titillation, a lyrical poem, and it has one of the most truth-filled, hopeful and loving endings I have ever seen. Though, it all depends on your perspective.

IF YOU LIKED: Amélie Poulain, Heaven.