Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
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Before Ben Whishaw was in "Skyfall" and "Cloud Atlas," he appeared in "Perfume." The story is engrossing and strange, Whishaw's performance is phenomenal, and the film is so beautiful to look at. Just when you think you've seen it all, the ridiculous finale comes in. And it works. Goddammit, I loved every second of this film.
Contrary to most comments I had not liked the book very much. I found some passages very nice, like when they described this world of smells and stuff... but apart from that I did not like the written style much nor some too excessive portrayals of this character's sick qualities. Plus, although I normally like "evil" characters and find it easy to feel for them or see their side as well, I could not connect to the main character in "Perfume" at all.
So I was not really motivated to see the movie, but I finally did - and especially after watching it a second time it appeals to me much more than the book. One great achievement is to make any movie at all that is almost exclusively about smells - it's a lot easier to write about that than to make it visible on film; but in my opinion it worked very well.
Additionally, many scenes are very visually attractive because of all the colorful things and scenes that are meant to represent smells. Of course, Ben Wishaw performed really well in the main role and Alan Rickman was good as always.
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