perfume

watched perfume last night. perfume-the story of a murderer. had to scavenge all of the 3 dvd stores in kabul that i know of to find it -and after watching it last night, i know the search was worth it. the movie is brilliant, shocking, as someone called it ‘visually pungent’, and all at the same time, beautifully done and subtle. i loved the sepia tones of 18th century paris and the cinematography, and found the blissful grasse as beautiful as baldini had explained it (except, of course, the scenes of mass hysteria when the killer is at large.) the choice of the actor for portraying jean-baptiste grenuoille is perfect-that rugged, dishevelled and yet adorable and beautifully framed face, those penetrating eyes, and of course the real protagonist of the movie -the nose; prominant yet subtle. and the women of the movie are, with the possible exception of baldini’s mistresses (and some in the mob calling for grenouille’s head- although even they had been transfigured into curvey, luscious figures by the time of the scent-induced orgy) striking. perfume is a smart person’s movie without being overwhelmingly cerebral or overdone. i cannot get the shock ending out of my mind, and the narrator’s words that:

Within no time, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille had disappeared from the face of the earth. When they had finished, they felt a virginal glow of happiness. For the first time in their lives, they believed they had done something purely out of love.

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~ by safrang on August 9, 2008.

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