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