Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer (Tom Tykwer)

With a title like that, you can’t blame me for passing on watching the movie. When I first heard of it more than a year ago, I thought it was one of those teen horror flicks starring the likes of Paris Hilton and Sarah Michelle Gellar. Perhaps movies are meant to be watched without paying too much attention to their titles, cast of stars and critical acclaims. I definitely learnt my lesson last night.

Came back from work, took my bath and dinner as usual and eventually flicked the channel to Star Movies. Saw what was the start of a movie that I had no clue to its title and somehow both Fadelinah and I remained transfixed to the screen, mesmerised by the Tim Burton-ish images and narrations which we found compelling and prevented us from switching to another channel. Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer was such a macabre yet beautiful movie.

Apart from Dustin Hoffman and Alan Rickman, we didn’t recognise any of the other actors. The storyline was so unique, offering a breath of fresh air compared to the run-of-the-mill scripts that most movies nowadays are based upon. And we didn’t realise almost 2 and a half hours had passed by the time the movie ended. Of course it being Singapore and all, some scenes were cut (orgy?), which we discovered while checking for further details from the internet afterwards. The movie was immensely successful in Europe yet considered a bomb by the Americans. No surprises there.

To summarise, the main character has an extraordinary sense of smell that he can decipher every single component of a whiff and determine its origin and even follow its trail. Having apprenticed in a perfumery, he developed an obsession in finding the perfect perfume, through dark and unconventional methods. Heck … I’m not doing justice to it with my brief summary. The movie needs to be watched to be appreciated.

I could wax lyrical about the movie all day but I’ll refrain from doing so. In my opinion, it’s one of those thought-provoking rare gems that somehow went unappreciated by the masses and as usual, some people will hate it and some people like yours truly will love it to bits and probably watch it again. The un-cut version of course.


~ by blackcadillac73 on June 28, 2008.

2 Responses to “Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer (Tom Tykwer)”

  1. Perfume is a beautiful film! Visually!! The only upset is that I couldn’t smell the smelly people in the film πŸ˜€ Loved the first few scenes – remember the market scene where his mother gave birth to him? How graphic that was…

  2. Yeah … they do look filthy and smelly, especially the main character. How can he not smell himself? I can smell him all the way from Singapore. πŸ˜›

    Great cinematography. I loikeee …

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