Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

On a much lighter note, and to maintain balance, I’m sharing this scene from the film Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. The film itself is really dark- basic summary is that it’s about a serial killer who was abandoned at birth and grew up in an orphanage where no one cared for or loved him. He realizes he has a super sense of smell, and becomes obsessed with perfume mixing and trying to bottle the sensual odor of women by killing them and using various methods to extract their scents. It’s pretty crazy, but it really does a good job of showing the extenuating circumstances that can lead certain people to become serial killers, and the strange and uncontrollable obsessions that drive them. (albeit as a fictional period piece.)

However, in this man’s sort of revenge style killing of women, he’s also searching for love, which he’s been denied his entire life. He truly believes the perfume of beautiful women will bring him love and adoration from the masses. This scene is of him going to his execution after he’s been apprehended for the murders, and he unveils his perfected perfume by dabbing it on his skin- which sends the crowds into worshipful adoration and declarations of his innocence- and this leads into the scene I’ve posted.

He dabs a few drops of perfume onto a cloth handkerchief, and waves it in the air. The scent overpowers the entire crowd, and sends them into a sexual frenzy. All societal constructs are forgotten and people start a massive orgy (and there are same sex hookups in there). They believe paradise has descended on them. It’s completely unexpected and took me totally by surprise when I first saw the film. And even though things don’t work out for the convicted killer in the end (of course not, what did he expect?), this one scene has always stuck with me, and I’ve thought a lot about it recently. I love the idea. Not how he went about getting the perfume of course, but the idea that the scent of feminine sensuality could bring about a sexual world change, however temporarily. I’d like my Erotes to have a similar effect as the perfume, though not quite as immediate. How, I’m not sure, but this scene is a great example of how I’d want them to be. (Minus the murders, of course.)


~ by hln351 on March 4, 2015.

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