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Weekend Movie: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

He lived to find beauty. He killed to possess it.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) is a drama movie based on the 1985 novel Perfume by Patrick Süskind.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is a dark fictional tale about the life and journey of
Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw), a young man with a superior sense of smell, in his pursuit of the craft of perfuming in the eighteenth century Paris.

Along the way, he meets
Baldini (Dustin Hoffman), a famous perfumer whose days of fame are long behind him. Baldini is the man who first leads Jean-Baptiste deeper into the secrets of scent preservation. However, Jean-Baptiste's work takes a horrific turn as he tries to preserve scents from young virgins in the search for the ultimate perfume.

This is a very beautiful art movie, not your typical blockbuster movie for mere entertainment purposes. This movie utilizes narration, long silent pauses, and slow, lingering camera movement to lead the audience into every single detail of the story. I find this technique very haunting yet effective.

As an art movie, everything is basically symbolical. In the end, it becomes clear that Jean-Baptiste is trying to capture the essence of love physically. He created the perfect feeling of love, both emotional and physical; a love encompassing perfect eroticism (not just emotionless sex). And in the end, he did what lovers do: he joined with other people. Yes, they absorbed him entirely, meaning that he became part of them, just as a person in love wishes to become part of his or her lover. But HE represented the very *concept* of love, and his physical absorption by the common people represents their ultimate adoption and understanding of that concept. (From IMDb)

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