DVD Review: Perfume

Based on Patrick Süskind’s critically acclaimed novel, Perfume shows us a man’s obsession the smells around him. His obsession drives him to unspeakable acts that will also surely put you on the edge of your seat…or perhaps curled up in a fetal position.

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is one of the great unwashed, much like those around him except for one thing: He possesses an extraordinary sense of smell. So acute that it can pick each individual aroma out of a crowded room, the fragrance of each flower in a garden. With this smell, Jean-Baptiste develops an obsessive desire to preserve each scent.

Perfume is directed by Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run), who does a very nice job of keeping everything that made the book so captivating.

Set in the 18th century, Perfume is both a rich period piece, as well as a gripping, unnerving horror flick that could very well inhabit your dreams for many days to come.

There is one extra here, and fortunately it is a nice one. The Story of Perfume gives us a look at the process of bringing an excellent book to the big screen. Insightful with only a limited amount of schilling done (which is nice since we already bought the damn thing).

Jeremy Lynch
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