Must See Movies You Haven’t Seen: ‘Perfume: The Story of a Murderer’ (2006)

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“Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born with a superior olfactory sense, creates the world’s finest perfume. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he searches for the ultimate scent.”  The plot for this movie sounds too simple to even provoke a blip on your movie radar.  This is just an example of how the marketing of a movie does not always align with the quality of a movie.

After seeing this beautiful film it is clear that the French are as good at film making as they are bad at war.  After reading the plot you may ask yourself if it is April fool’s day, because there is no way that a movie about a guy with an extraordinary ol factory who kills women to make perfume can be that intriguing.  Well, I promise this is no joke.  Not only will your attention be grasped the entire film but I must warn you that the final scene will blow you away.  It is like a cherry on top of a cake except the cherry is bigger than the cake.

A great reason to love this movie is to love the characters in it.  The main character is written so well that you love him through the whole movie even though he starts killing innocent people.  Not an easy feat for any screen writer.  Not to mention the acting by the generally unknown actor is flawless.  Accompanying him is none other than the brilliant Dustin Hoffman who teaches him the trade of perfume making, a trade that takes the finest of skills and senses to perfect.

Next on the chopping block for praise is the cinematography, art direction and costumes.  These three elements match each other so well that you believe everything you see is exactly how 18th century France was.  A movie that makes you forget you are watching a movie is the best kind of all, which is achieved through the aforementioned elements.

Combine acting, cinematography, art direction, costumes, nudity (lots of it), storytelling and the somewhat lengthy running time of this movie, 147 minutes, will seem like moments.  Storytelling and suspense are what holds all the other great elements of this movie together.   ‘Perfume’ is also a great choice if you are looking to take a cinematic adventure with your significant other.  These reasons should be more than enough to convince you that this movie will stick with your memory for quite some time (especially the last scene).

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