A deeply mesmerizing exploration of one man's desperate search for his own humanity, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, is very much more than your average serial-killer story. Based on the German bestseller by Patrick Süskind and directed by Tom Tykwer (best known to American audiences for Run Lola Run), the film is meticulously true to both source and setting, plopping the viewer smack-dab into the middle of the bustling, over-crowded, stench of 18th-century France.

Where Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette filled the screen with the cotton-candy colors and fashions of the palace elite, Perfume delves into the realm of the lowest of the low -- an unwanted babe born to an unwed fishmonger, delivered amid filth and discarded to die in a pile of fish guts, who nonetheless finds it within his small self to cry out for life, thus condemning his mother to death and himself to an orphanage.
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