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Snort for the faint-hearted,
This review is from: Perfume - The Story Of A Murderer [DVD] (DVD)Critics have famously said that Patrick Suskind's novel, from which this movie is adapted, is unfilmable. How can a director even get close to evoking the stench of putrid, pre-revolutionary Paris? Well, darn it, they very early managed it.
Director Tom Tykwer has managed to bring to the screen, through various images, some of them not very pleasant, a whiff of the time. It's strewn with sewage, fish guts, maggots, rotten veg, it it stinks it will be in there. From this fetid stew, comes the story of a serial killer who just happens to have the greatest sense of smell in the world. Wishaw's nose, often in close up and sometimes creeping out from his shadow-covered face, plays a big part.
The acting is fine, especially Ben Wishaw as the tormented Grenouille. Hoffman and Rickman also put in good performances but it's the setting and the directing which take the plaudits. With creepy voiceover, it's treated like a very dark, very adult fairytale and that's how viewers should approach it. It's a bit Edward Scissorhands without the slushy bits. Yes, it is fantastic but aren't all fairytales?
My one fear is that those who have not read the book might find it harder to get to grips with the storyline and the lead character's olfactorial skills. It's still well worth a look though, if you can manage to sniff out a copy.
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Initial post: 10 May 2009 09:20:08 BDT
A Customer says:
Love the heading 'Snort for the faint-hearted'. I'm not a film buff but found the viewing experience interestingly different, and that's without having read the book first.
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