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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Set in the mid 1700's, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer tells the story of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born in the slums of Paris with an extremely acute sense of smell. Being a slave, it's not until his later teen years when he makes it over into the nicer parts of Paris where he is intoxicated by the more colorful aromas of perfumes and, in particular, the irresistable smell of a particular young woman. Although he only wants to smell her, she screams out in fear. He covers her face to prevent her screaming and she dies. He fills himself with her scent, but it dwindles as her death takes it away. He is then driven with obsession to find a way to reproduce and capture that scent. Jean-Baptiste becomes a perfumer's apprentice and begins his education and quest to capture the perfect scent.

Perfume is an incredibly engrossing film. The way smell is communicated visually is quite effective. You'll find yourself attempting to sample smells during and after it's over. Highly recommended.

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