Arasmus

Perfume, the Story of a Murderer

Posted in Film by Arasmus on February 15, 2008

What I liked about this film Perfume, first and foremost is that it has a good and gripping story. The best example of this is the opening few minutes when the story reaches out and grips you by the throat. I also liked the way it made me think more about the often under-appreciated but potentially profound human sense of smell. The narrative has a traditional 18th/19th century structure, devoid of counterpoint sub-plots and inter-ontological references. Its just a single good story well told. I haven’t read Suskind’s book so I don’t know how true it is to the original novel. Towards the end of the film it embraces the magical realism reminiscent of films such as Like Water For Chocolate.

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