Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Genre: Crime/ Drama/ Thriller
Year: 2006
Tagline: Based on the best-selling novel

download movie: aXXo

IMDb: 7.6/(20,164 votes)

Rottentomatoes: 6.1


this scene gives Perfume quite a new dimension. The protagonist is no mere psycho obsessed with smells that would kill to get the perfect aroma. Grenouille is a Christ-like figure in a sense - precisely, an Antichrist. Tykwer has, wittingly or not, ostentated the religious undertones of the novel. If you watch the movie carefully, you would note that events from Grenouille's life resemble the earthly life of Christ in a twisted, parodical way: from his miraculous escape from death in childhood to his calvary, the central character follows Jesus' footsteps. The central scene that made me write this comment is the climax of Grenouille's exploits. Like the true Antichrist, he uses miraculous devices to escape an ignominious death on the cross and fascinates the crowd with his near-magical perfume, becoming a likeness of God in their eyes. This is not to imply that Perfume is a religious allegory or subtle Christian propaganda - in fact, it can be deemed as anticlerical and ultimately as anti-religious. However, it uses a singularly powerful cultural archetype to make Grenouille's triumph and tragedy even more captivating - and succeeds. One can only wonder why so many critics have missed the point.

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