I am not even sure where to start with the movie Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.  The story chronicles Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, an orphan in France born with an amazing olfactory sense.  He is born into a filthy and putrid existence leaving him with a single-minded goal of developing the most perfect scent.  You know – it doesn’t matter what I write here…. that is how unique this film is.  I consider myself someone with a talent for prose when inspired, but I know… I absolutely know… that I cannot describe this movie.

The film is creepy.  It is sick.  The scenes are disgusting – the settings horrendous.  It is horrible visually.  It will render you ill at times and leave you questioning humanity in others… so why does it impress me so?   Why do I find the film so inspiring?

I am at a loss – here is where my words fail.  As the film begs the question, I ask – how can you describe a scent?  If it can be done on film, Director and Composer, Tom Tykwer has done it.

RATING 9 out of 10