Perfume: The story of a Murderer (2006)
This is one of the best novels to silver screen work I've seen to date. Truly a wonderful masterpiece of skillful cinema work.
9.0/10 on the Qwaider scale. Opens Dec 27th
This is one compelling novel turned movie done masterfully to the point it will totally blow your mind. The movie is so realistic to the point that you will be wondering... "Is this real?"... although it is totally unrealistic level fiction. Yet so realistic... Amazing.
The hero/villain is a cross between Hannibal Lecter, Harry Potter, Skinny pervert from Charlie's Angels and Anakin Skywalker from Star wars. Portrayed freakishly well by Ben Whishaw.
The character is for a perverted serial killer trying to reproduce the scent of women he murders. The wierd part is that the director and the progression of the story adds sympathy to the character. With really very strong graphic imagery and a TON of nude scenes. The opening scene starts with the baby Jean Patist Grenouille being born in a fish market and left for dead by his mother.
As he grows older he is bent on creating a perfume like no other and starts a crazed mission to get the ingredients. The essence of beautiful young women.
The movie is really a must see, but I have to warn from the graphic nature of the nude scenes. Unfortunately a movie like this will probably be reduced to 15 minutes after the scissors of censorship in Jordan say there final word.
The director Tom Tykwer was there for the screening, Held a Q&A session where he mentioned that the movie as 4 years in the making. And how they struggled to generate the intricate scenes with astonishing level of realism sticking incredibly to the aesthetics of the preindustrial scenery of Paris.
I had the joy of sharing an elevator ride with Tom, and he is such an articulate charming personality. His vision in the movie is truly mesmerizing. And should be checked out.