Thursday, April 28, 2011

307. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)


When Jean-Baptiste did finally learn to speak he soon found that everyday language proved inadequate for all the olfactory experiences accumulating within himself.

If you've never seen a film directed by Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, Heaven, The Princess and the Warrior), I highly suggest that you do so immediately. His films are criminally underseen including this one, which is one of the most unique and mind-blowing films I have seen in the past decade. Very few writer/directors would have the guts and ability to pull off a story in which the protaganist creates amazing perfumes by using the literal essence of murdered women as his secret ingredient. This film is not a love story, instead it is a love letter to boiled down essences of beauty, love, and humanity.

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